Historic Hood River
W. F. Laraway has posed his party in a brightly lit patch neatly aligned with the Wahkeena Falls. W.F. is at the back of the group, so he must have a mechanical shutter timer on his camera. I don’t know who the man is sitting alone to the right, or what transgression caused him to be exiled to that post.
The falls were called “Gordon Falls” when the Columbia River Highway was being constructed, but were renamed in 1915 by a committee appointed by the Mazamas to “Wahkeena” after a Yakima word for “most beautiful.” The story published in the usually authoritative Oregon Geographic Names suggests Wahkeena was a new assignment as opposed to a restoration of the name in the language of one of the tribes who frequented the area. I wonder if the original name or names have been lost? Perhaps Mazama records would clarify their research in 1915.
There are trees growing where the Laraway party were sitting today, but you can still get close to this vantage point. Good luck trying to get the sun to line up like this, though!