Historic Hood River
Hood River- White Salmon- Bingen Pano
This is quite an astonishing panorama with a little story behind it. I know you can’t see much in this view, but I’ll show you more shortly after I set it up.
The frame includes Hospital Hill, with signs of heavy grazing, Koberg Beach with a big barn, before the pavilion, Hood River with the mill at the mouth of the river, Bingen before it was Bingen, White Salmon with all the farms around it, the dock at the base of Dock Grade, and Wells Island, all in one view. There’s a steamship to the left heading down the river, and Underwood mountain to the right, nudging right up against the river with no railroad or road along the Columbia. There are homesteads and nice farms all over the place. The amazing thing is the detail is reasonably crisp across much of the field, so I can zoom in to see all of this. I am having a little trouble handling the very large file on my computer (it’s over 40,000 pixels wide), but I will share some great details in coming days. I’ll start with White Salmon tomorrow. If there’s something you would like to see, let me know. But for now, maybe you can see the steamer that’s just passed Koberg Beach?
The date of this view is in the narrow window when the Lost Lake Lumber Company mill was running at the mouth of the Hood River. My research shows that as 1900-1906. I think this image is at the early end of that span, because the mill is a little smaller than some of the views we’ve seen. Maybe you can see Maltie Dukes and Harry DeWitt standing on a log in front of the mill?
The story of how we got this image is a bit muddled by the complete lack of punctuation, but here’s what it says:
12-12-82 SM Absten Presented to H.R. Museum Julius Lather (Stanley Crimp) worked for SP at West Forks (Southern Oregon) This picture hung in the depot there
Got it? Hopefully Charlott will recognize some of these names and sort out the story for us. Stay tuned for some wonderful details, and let me know if there’s something specific you would like to see.