Historic Hood River
Hood River From Prospect Point
Remember a couple of weeks back when we were exploring the 1904/1905 construction of the Mt. Hood Railroad and the Powerdale power station near the end of the Hood River? An HHR reader just shared his collection of postcards of the area, and it includes a pair of images which help fill in the picture a little more. They both show the view from “Prospect Point” which I believe is the bluff at the east end of Prospect Avenue. We know this was a popular spot for photographers– even Carleton Watkins took a photo from this spot when he visited in 1882-83.
The top image was taken in 1903, just before the Mt. Hood Railroad and the Powerdale power plant construction started in 1904. The second image shows it shortly after the railroad was built.
Note both images are hand colored, which is why the gravel bar on the lower image is green. Other than color, the gravel bars are almost identical, which makes me think the second image is very few years later than the first.