Historic Hood River
Cuddeford Blacksmith Shop, Circa 1905
If you look at any of the early fire insurance maps of Hood River you’ll see the abbreviation “BLSM” distributed about the map. Blacksmiths were as common 100 years ago as coffee shops are today. The ability to fabricate and repair machinery was crucial to agriculture and all other industry in town.
Claude Cuddeford’s blacksmith shop was located on the north side of Oak Street between Front and First, I believe where the Kayak Shed is now. He arrived in Hood River with his wife Flora about 1905. Notes on the photo indicate it was taken between 1900 and 1910. During that decade there was an itinerant photographer who took photos of the interiors of many downtown businesses. Perhaps this is part of his series.