Historic Hood River
Hood River Crossing, circa 1883
This is a real treat– the earliest dated photograph I have seen of Hood River. This photo card was part of a series taken by renowned photographer Carleton Watkins. It shows the newly built railroad crossing the Hood River circa 1883. If you look closely you may be able to pick out the original Victorian style station, the post office building, and the original Mt. Hood Hotel. I think the E.L. Smith General Store (later George Crowell) may also be visible.
[Note on dates: I originally posted this image with a date of 1885 since that is what the hand written note on the reverse indicates. Scholarship on Watkins places this image “circa 1882-83” based on the known dates of his travels in the Gorge. As the railroad wasn’t up and running through Hood River until 1883 I’ve changed the post to the 1883 date, but I’m not stating that date with certainty]