Historic Hood River
Terminal Ice Company
The secret of the commercial fruit business is refrigeration. Early in the century packing houses started constructing refrigeration units with ammonia compressors so they could both store the fruit at a cool temperature and ship it in rail cars packed with ice. This is the construction of the “Terminal Ice Company” in Van Horn (Pine Grove). The building is still there, and you can even read part of the old “Terminal Ice Company” sign on the building. I believe it now houses “The Fruit Company” which ships gift baskets nationwide.