Historic Hood River
The Oregon Pony
This 1960’s postcard of the “Oregon Pony” shows what it looked like at its centennial. The caption reads, “First locomotive iun the Northwest. Operated in 1862 and 1863 in freight an passenger service on the first Oregon railroad, on southern bank of the Columbia River between Bonneville and Cascade Locks.”
The message on the reverse is from “Mom” on her way back to Minot, ND, after a vacation in the northwest. Apparently she had a good trip except for the poison oak. She was traveling by rail, enjoying the “Vista Dome” in the rail car on the return trip.
Last year we saw this earlier postcard of the Oregon Pony.
I understand there is an effort afoot to erect a more protective pavilion at Cascade Locks to house the Pony. Perhaps Arlen can fill us in on the details.