Historic Hood River
Hood RIver County, Circa ???
Roger found this in the Ruth Guppy collection. It’s got some great old place names we don’t use anymore, like “Bloucher,” “Holsteen,” and “Connoway.” I see both the Mount Hood Lodge and the Homestead Inn, which narrows the date a little. The Mount Hood Lodge closed in 1926 and burned in the 1930s. It includes the 1924 bridge across the Columbia so I suppose the map data is “circa 1925”.
Jeffrey W Bryant
Nice map. The original survey plat maps on the BLM-GLO site are interesting to see too. For Hood River county they go back to 1860. The Metsker map gives the Township and Range to search for.
This made me get out my Metsker map which is no longer “pocket” sized but still the very same map with many more names, especially on the east side. Bloucher is still on it but not Holsteen nor Conway. Odd that they don't appear to ever date their maps. It still says “Metsker the Mapman”!
The Bridge of The Gods is shown, it opened in 1926.
I suspect they leave off the date so they don't have to update every year. Would you buy a 2019 map in 2021?
I should have added this is indeed a small folded map which could easily fit in your pocket, so no false advertising there.
I love Metsker maps. I was looking at Mt Hood with the intricate shells. Those shells must have geological meaning, since they are different in all areas of the mountain.
I see Shellrock Mtn over on the east side of the map. Tom Kloster did a blog about that area.
Metsker maps were sold in all sorts of locations, for both nearby and not-so-near destinations, and could sit in a rack or on a shelf for years, long after Metsker had made newer editions. If a 2019 map wouldn't seem so appealing in 2021, what about a 2011 map? In the 1960s and 1970s, I often saw Metskers maps for sale that 10 or more years old. Many potential buyers would pass or ask for a discount, if they realized. Some of us, however, were more interested the more out-of-date the map was. :}
The “intricate shells” reference on Mt Hood is probably referring to the flowline hachures, which go up and down slope, in contrast to horizontal hachures, which resemble contour lines but without precise intervals or continuity. In both cases, the density of the lines most often reflects steepness of slope. Can be great fun for the cartographer. An all but forgotten pleasure.
Arlen L Sheldrake
according to a UP 1915 publication, the fare from Portland to Sonny (Mitchell Point) was $2.75…..