Historic Hood River
As great as it is to find an image full of detail, it’s even better when we have a contemporaneous written account of the same event. As I was looking through the Alva Day images of the inauguration of service at the “new” Powerdale Dam and power station it occurred to me that since the 1923 newspapers are now online I could get a clearer picture of what’s going on in the photograph. Sure enough, reading this article fills in all sorts of wonderful details about this image. I now know all the Kiwanis capped men are a delegation from the Dalles. There was a motion picture crew recording the event (you can see him in the crowd with his camera). Powerdale was the largest hydro generator west of the Mississippi at its opening. And best of all we now know who was flipping those switches and what they did. I only wish we had a view which showed the surge tank with the huge American flag deployed.