Historic Hood River
The King of All Fish
This postcard is captioned:
Large canneries here extend an invitation to visitors to watch the preparation of packing of salmon. The Pacific Northwest heads the world in this industry. The Royal Chinook salmon is known as the King of all fish.
This operation doesn’t seem very organized, but I’ll bet they know what they’re doing.
Was biking over the Hood River just this Tuesday (Nov 10th), and saw plenty of salmon spawning in several spots.
Arlen L Sheldrake
probably not captioned….Wish you were here…..glad postcards don't come with a smell….remember well C, Falls
Nothing, absolute nothing compares or did compare with Celilo Falls. If you never saw it in person you missed the “treat of your lifetime.” I can in my mind, see, hear and smell it still. My Dad said when he was growing up, at every nook and cranny along the river there seemed to be a fish cannery. When I was a child, Seifurt in The Dalles was still in operation.
When I was in 4-H we went on a three or four day trip via bus down to the Astoria area. At that time there were still salmon canneries or at least one still in operation, and we went on a tour of it. That was another seldom seen thing by the general public.
My first thought was the same as Arlen's….”sure glad smell is not included!”
C.R.P.A. stands for Columbia River Packers Assoc.
Remember well the salmon laying inside across the trunk of our parents 1952 Buick. Huge trunk–giant fish! Parents canned for days.
I remember what they called “June Hogs” absolutely huge salmon and one could can a whole lot of fish from just one…..You do not see those anymore. They were fished out years ago. They were so big that once one got in a dip net it took a very, very strong man to haul it up on their platform at Celilo.
Arlen L Sheldrake
did a volkswalk in Portland's Hawthorne District last Tuesday and saw a rather recent hand painted sign on a utility pole: SAVE CELILIO. I assume it was directed at the Falls….