Historic Hood River
First Modern Baldwin Home
There are two stories to tell about this cabinet card.
Handwritten notes indicate this was the first “modern” ranch of the Baldwin family at Mt. Hood. The second man from the left is identified as “Dismore” (spelling unclear, possibly Dinsmoor family member?), the 4th as “Baldwin” and the others “unknown.” The house was built in 1880, and burned before 1888.
The second story is possibly buried behind this image. The cabinet card has a printed legend on the reverse indicating it is part of a series by F. Jay Haynes of noted Indian chiefs/ Northern Pacific Views/ Illustrating Yellowstone National Park and Scenery along the Northern Pacific Railroad from St. Paul to Portland. Sometimes photography studios would use excess card stock for other images, and sometimes people would mount a personal photo over a cabinet card image they no longer wanted. I will have to pull the actual card from our archives to determine which one it is. It’s fun to imagine an Indian chief hidden behind this view, but even if there is we have no ability to recover it.