Historic Hood River
Gorge Panorama, Then and Now
A few weeks ago we got to see this wonderful Reeves panoramic view circa 1904. I was looking forward to a chance to try to find the spot, but Nate Putnam beat me to it (on a spectacular day no less). He’s given me permission to share his image, which I have aligned with the historic view. They really line up well, with the exception of a little warping of the left 25%. I’m not sure if Reeves camera/tripod wasn’t perfectly level for the whole shot, or if the modern software stitching the image slid it up slightly.
Nate reported the vantage point as being above the Lutheran church and west of Dry Creek. He says there is a small bench there, and a tree with a swing. I suspect people have been enjoying the view from that spot for a while.
I’m trying to find a way to share this with you at higher resolution. There’s lots to explore. I was surprised to see the 1904 image includes Mt. Hood, just barely visible.