Historic Hood River
George Crowell Store
I haven’t shown this interior view of the George Crowell store before. It is quite similar to this 1901 view. It’s worth rereading the notes associated with that image because the George Crowell Store was such an important part of Hood River life in the era. I especially like the accounts of the political debates.
Today’s view has one major difference from the 1901 view: the store has electric lights instead of gas lamps. I am still not 100% confident in the history of electricity in Hood River. We know there were at least three hydroelectric projects at Powerdale, starting in 1903-1904, but I don’t know how these projects related to the earliest source I can find: in December 1900, the Hood River Electric Light Company received permission from the city to erect poles and string wires. According to this story they delivered the first light downtown at 8:43 PM on June 8th, 1901. I am unclear how this relates to the 1903 Powerdale project which included Horatio Davidson, or where their hydroelectric power plant was located.