Historic Hood River
Chicago-Portland Special. Tunnel No. 2, O.R.&N.
Gifford captured many images of trains, but this is one of my favorites. I at first thought it was one of the tunnels on the Washington side of the Columbia just west of Hood River, but then I read the title. We’re on the Oregon side with the OR&N Company railroad. I’m pretty sure this track is just east of Mosier. The tunnel has been replaced with a big cut instead and the roadbed has been shifted considerably, but you can still see some evidence of these two old roadbeds in the satellite imagery.
Here’s the accompanying text:
The endless wonder of this incomparable Journey is its sudden changes, as if the supernatural scene-shifters were kept employed in removing old scenes and bringing forward new and unexpected ones for the next act.
And for a special treat, I’ve created an e-book version of the entire Gifford book, so you can enjoy all 18 images and text. I’ve been generous with the resolution so it may take a little while to download. The text is searchable, thanks to the wonders of OCR. Enjoy!