Historic Hood River
The Dam Chronicle
Long time HHR readers know I love old newspapers. I’m back trying to get more of our old papers online so they are accessible and searchable worldwide. The Mosier Bulletin and The Dam Chronicle are great examples of small town newspapers that deserve a new life. The Mosier Bulletin was published from 1909 to 1917. The Dam Chronicle started in 1934, changing its name to The Bonneville Dam Chronicle and then The Cascade Locks Chronicle before ceasing publication in 1939.
Last week I had the pleasure of sharing printed copies of The Dam Chronicle with the Cascade Locks Historical Society. We discussed the great fire of 1934 (started by July 4th weekend fireworks) which destroyed much of the business district, and read about plans to rebuild. There’s nothing like a contemporaneous source to get the real story of local history.
I’ll keep you posted on our efforts to fund this latest digitization effort. Let me know if you happen to know of a corporate foundation which likes finding this sort of thing!