Historic Hood River
I couldn’t resist sharing some detail of this W.F. Laraway negative with you. Much of the negative is damaged, but the action in this quarter of the 5×7 frame is full of great detail. There’s a partially constructed massive trestle, two steam donkeys, construction material and apparatus all over the place, and plenty of people working or watching. I can easily count 24 people in the frame. The cart at the top of the ramp shows motion blur as does the man alongside as it reaches the top of the ramp. You may be able to see the cable pulling it, which wraps around a pulley and back to one of the steam engines.
I believe Laraway took this image in Iowa circa 1900. I don’t know what they were constructing, but the project attracted quite a few onlookers.