Historic Hood River
Back in 2013 we spent two weeks learning all about the late 19th century Oregon Lumber Company operation which included the Chenowith Mill on the Little White Salmon and another at Viento. You can refresh your memory of that operation starting with this post.
I also shared a file with the text of that Oregon Lumber Company brochure describing the full operation. That text describes how in order for the flume which carried rough lumber from the Chenowith Mill to get to Drano Lake “it has been necessary in one place to cut a tunnel through the side of the mountain.” I believe this is a photo of that section of the flume. This photo was likely separated from the brochure. The staple pattern on the paper convinces me this was indeed part of the original brochure.
Even Scott Cook has not been able to find this tunnel, so I trust it is so overgrown you wouldn’t notice it even if you were right on top of it. But it’s fun to know this 120 year old tunnel is hiding somewhere above the Little White Salmon River.
Lumber which traveled in this flume would be taken across the Columbia River by the tugboat “Pearl”. At the Viento Mill it would be finished and put on trains to take it to market.