Historic Hood River
Piers and Cradles
Usually I show you scans from our collection of almost 2500 Alva Day negatives, but we also have a collection of hundreds of his prints. Most of these match negatives in our collection, but some of them don’t. Most bear the neat stamp “Photo by Alva L. Day Hood River, Oregon” as well as a neatly typed caption. This one is captioned, “Looking northwest from Mt Hood Railroad grade. Showing piers and cradles for the pipeline.” It’s part of a series showing the repair of the Powerdale pipeline after a washout destroyed a large section of pipe and railroad track. This image was from the same event.
the worker looks like he is on his cell phone…â€¦..so much history and tales about this pipeline… appears it took some time to reconstruct……
How much of this pipeline still exists? Used to walk part of it when Copper Rd. was still open to the public. Don't know of any access point now. And easy way to check out the river and the vegetation.
Are those cradle boards bent to shape and then topped with something for actual contact to the pipe?
i believe the pipeline was operating up to the November 2006 flood. Sections washed out, and it never operated again. When the dam was removed I know some sections were removed. I don't know what percent is still out there, but you can access the lower reaches from the old power plant site off Highway 35.
You can still walk a half mile or so on it, starting from the river crossing over the bridge, accessed as Arthur noted.
Arlen L Sheldrake
I seem to remember that the easement on the railroad right of way required that portion to be removed when no longer in use….
The metal walkway / bridge section of this that crosses the river, that one used to cross atop this pipeline to start walking along it for half a mile or so, was knocked sideways off the pipe and badly damaged this past Fall – almost certainly by people, for some reason. Wife and I happened to be there when an official was there surveying the damage, openly pondering whether to repair it or not. Access / ownership / liability issues there are complex, apparently.
Kyle, that damage has been repaired and access re-opened.
Jeffrey W Bryant
The original pipeline piers were being built in August 1922.