Hood River in Hood River County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
From Steamboats to Sailboards
Gale-force winds bedeviled explorers and emigrants alike in the Columbia River Gorge. Journals from the 1800s depict travel as treacherous through this singular passage in the Cascade Range where 60 mile-per-hour gusts are common.
By the 1880s, steamboats and a new railroad linked Hood River with communities to the east and west. Spectacular scenery and a dryer climate made this blustery place a popular escape from the dampness and drizzle of western Oregon. When the Historic Columbia River Highway reached Hood River in 1916, Portlanders flocked to this hamlet in their Model Ts.
Today, the same conditions that created dry, breezy appeal at the turn of the century offer perfect conditions for windsurfing. Many visitors now come to Hood River just to glimpse "boardheads" engaged in this colorful sport.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 45° 42.88′ N, 121° 30.376′ W. Marker is in Hood River Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 East Port Marina Drive, Hood River OR 97031, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A School with Roots (approx. ¼ mile away); The Henderson (approx. ¼ mile away); OWR & N Company Railroad Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hood River Garage (approx. half a mile away); Hotel Waucoma (approx. half a mile away); The Mount Hood Hotel Annex (approx. half a mile away); The Blowers Building (approx. half a mile away); Sproat Building (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hood River.
Also see . . .
1. Cloud Clap Inn.
Portlanders William M. Ladd, a banker, and Charles Erskine Scott Wood, an attorney and writer, enlisted architect William Whidden to design the approximately 3,500-square-foot inn. They hired Chinese laborers to improve a wagon road up the mountain and started a stagecoach company to transport guests. Hood River men cut the lumber and built the inn, named by Wood's wife, Nanny. In its heyday, Cloud Cap featured fine dining, flush toilets, room to sleep thirty guests, and a gasp-worthy view of the 11,239-foot summit. (Submitted on February 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Mount Hood Loop Road.
The road begins by winding uphill past rows of apple and pear trees, climbing high above Hood River, which was once called Dog River to commemorate a group of starving pioneers who survived in this area by eating their pets. And it was a combination of pioneer spirit though not necessarily their diet and free enterprise that resulted in the area's first roads. Sam Barlow started it all. After he blazed an 1845 trail around Hood's south slope to connect The Dalles with the Willamette Valley, he built gates and then charged tolls to those who followed. (Submitted on February 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. History of the Columbia Gorge Hotel.
On June 21, 1921, the Columbia Gorge Hotel opened with a grand reception and quickly developed an international reputation. Notable visitors in the early years included Presidents Roosevelt and Coolidge, plus actresses Clara Bow, Myrna Loy, Jane Powell, and Shirley Temple. The hotel is rumored to have been a favorite hideaway for Rudolph Valentino, after whom our Valentino Lounge is named. (Submitted on February 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Cloud Clap Inn Pictures.
Link to historic pictures of the Cloud Clap Inn (Submitted on February 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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