Historic Hood River
With my contractor friends complaining about lumber prices today, I thought there might be some interest in this 1894 invoice from the Oregon Lumber Company to the Hood River School District #3, presumably for construction of one of our schools. It looks like 3×12’s were the main structural lumber, and they came in very long lengths. It looks like one of them was 42 feet long!
If I’m reading the invoice correctly it looks like the charge was $0.009/ board foot. It’s about 100 times more today. I don’t see any premium for a 42 foot board over a 12 foot board. Buying a 42 foot board probably saved them the trouble of cutting it to a shorter length.
I wonder how they delivered a 42 foot board from Viento to Hood River City?