Historic Hood River
This May 1955 Alva Day image of the monument at the McDonald’s Ferry Crossing of the John Day River was one of his last. The plaque says:
1843-Old Oregon Trail Ford of the John Day River-1883
Emigrants on the old Oregon Trail forded the John Day River near this spot from 1843 to 1863.
Thomas Scott established a ferry here in 1858.
Daniel G. Leonard build a bridge near here in 1866.
Thousands of settlers passed this way until the completion of the railroad in 1884
With all the transportation options we have today it’s hard to imagine a time when something like the John Day River proved a serious impediment to travel.