Historic Hood River
Date The Photo
This is a detail from one of W.F. Laraway’s plates of Hood River viewed from the east side. I’m thankful he made the effort to focus well enough we can zoom in to the detail to try and date the image. I first bracket the image: we have automobiles so it’s post 1907, and the old wagon bridge is still in place so it’s before 1919. You can see the First National Bamk/Heilbronner Building (1910) the “new” OR&N depot (1911), the Mt. Hood Hotel Annex (1913), the Fashion Garage (burned 1929), the Mt. Hood RR tracks (circa 1905), the full Paris Fair (1906). You can also make out our old friend Claude Cuddeford’s Blacksmith shop on Oak at Front, and downhill from there the livery building from HHR post #1. Of course there is the cupola from the older Mt. Hood Hotel building.
So far we have narrowed it down to 1913-1919, which isn’t too bad. That section of State Street looks like it hasn’t been paved yet, which I think pushes it to the earlier part of that range, but it would take some more research to be sure. Do you see anything to narrow down the date some more?