Historic Hood River
Meet Willis Thornberry. His job circa 1910 was hauling supplies up to the Stanley Smith mill at Green Point (now Kingsley Reservoir). That would place this image somewhere along Binn’s Hill Drive.
I love the detail in this image. You can the detail of the harnesses for this team of mules and horses, the braking mechanism of his wagon, the fish emblem on the side of the wagon, the sacks of supplies, and then, on the very back of the wagon– a bicycle. This is definitive proof people were bicycling in Post Canyon over a hundred years ago.
And of course there’s Willis Thornberry himself. What a great name! When I started researching his background, I discovered he signed a 1914 letter opposing bonding to build the Columbia River Highway through Hood River county. He was joined by several other people we’ve met: A.I. Mason, S.F. Blythe, F.C. Sherrieb, J.T. Holman, Peter Mohr, and Lawrence Blowers. Their argument was “Is it good business to build roads for others before we build for ourselves?” Despite their opposition, the bond passed easily the following week.