Historic Hood River
Georgiana Smith Park
This isn’t a great picture but I think of it every time I walk through the library grounds. These workmen are cutting the path in what is now Georgiana Smith Park. The library was built in 1913 after a complicated set of ballot measures and land deals that allowed the community to qualify for a Carnegie Library. The library was constructed on a narrow city right of way for 5th Street, which was vacated to the abutting property owners then donated for the purpose of library construction. In 1935 the Smith daughters donated this additional land in honor of their mother, who had passed away in 1911.
Note the large church building on the corner of 6th and Oak. It was this United Brethren Church (and gymnasium).