Historic Hood River
Hood River, 1890’s
Our records date this photo to 1896, though I suspect it may be a few years older. The scene in this image is very similar to the drawing posted yesterday. The J. H. Middleton Store has become the J. E. Hanna Cheap Cash Store and the E. L. Smith Store on the corner of Oak and Second has been sold to George Crowell, but the landmarks are unchanged.
This is very much the view President Benjamin Harrison would have seen when his train made a brief stop in Hood River the morning of May 7, 1891. I don’t know if any photographs were taken at that event, but here is his speech in its entirety:
My Friendsâ€”It is very pleasant to see you this morning, and to come out into the sunshine after two or three days of chilly rain. I have been talking so much, and so much in the dampness, that my voice is not very good; but my heart is always fresh and open to these receptions. I thank you very sincerely for your friendliness and wish for you all, and especially for these little ones, every happiness in life. [Cheers.]