Historic Hood River
Here’s another fine Columbia River Highway postcard courtesy our friends at ODOT. As the road is not yet paved I’m dating this circa 1915.
This is right around the corner from the Parker house and those cabins at “Sonny” that we looked at earlier.
This one seems to show a mill operation. We know there was a Newby-Kautz mill in the area from about 1907 to 1913, and it was purchased by M. D. Jameson in 1913. The 1911 county map shows it a bit south of the river along a creek. There is reference in The Hood River Glacier to a small mill at Sonny in 1917, so perhaps that’s what we’re looking at.
Mills in this era moved around often as timber was used up or fires destroyed them. The records are sketchy so I’m rarely 100% sure which mill appears in which picture.
By 1935 when the Army Corps of Engineers mapped this area in preparation for the Bonneville Dam construction, there was a small cattle ranch operation down by the tracks but no mention of a mill.