Historic Hood River
In a Desperate Hurry
This image reminds us why the automobile caught on so quickly and transformed our society. The caption in Dr. Marion Shaw’s photo album says, “In a Desperate Hurry.” Dr. Shaw was no doubt rushing to a patient’s home, which meant he had to hook up his carriage to his horse and prepare the horse, which required constant care, for the trip. The bicycle and then the automobile could start up virtually immediately, and required much less care between trips.
You are probably familiar with the Shaw-Dumble house which still stands overlooking 9th Street at Sherman. I don’t think the current garage is the same as this one.