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Hood River in Hood River County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Hood River

From Steamboats to Sailboards

 
 
Hood River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2015
1. Hood River Marker
Inscription.
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.
 
Location. 45° 42.88′ N, 121° 30.376′ W. Marker is in Hood River, Oregon, in Hood River County. Marker is on East Port Marina Drive north of Interstate 84 when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located within Port Marina Park, at the north end of East Port Marina Drive, overlooking the Columbia River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 East Port Marina Drive, Hood River OR 97031, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Marker detail: <i>Cloud Clap Inn</i> image. Click for full size.
Oregon Historical Society
2. Marker detail: Cloud Clap Inn

Mountaineering became popular in the West during the 1890s. and Hood River allowed the best access to Mt. Hood. Cloud Cap Inn, Oregon's oldest mountain resort, was constructed at the 6,000 foot level of the mountain's north slope in 1889. The Inn was a favorite summer destination for hikers and mountain climbers. Today, it is a base for mountain rescue operations.
are within walking distance of this marker. A School with Roots (approx. mile away); The Henderson (approx. 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.
 
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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
<i>Mt. Hood and Cloud Cap Inn, Columbia River, Ore.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard published by HHT Co., circa 1920
3. Mt. Hood and Cloud Cap Inn, Columbia River, Ore.
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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Marker detail: <i>Mt. Hood Loop Road</i> image. Click for full size.
Oregon Historical Society
4. Marker detail: Mt. Hood Loop Road

Excursions "round the mountain" from Hood River were a must when the Mt. Hood Loop Road opened in 1925.
Marker detail: <i>Hood River Hotel</i> & <i>Columbia Gorge Hotel</i> image. Click for full size.
Oregon Historical Society / Steve Lehl, July 12, 2015
5. Marker detail: Hood River Hotel & Columbia Gorge Hotel
Lumber baron Simon Benson built the Columbia Gorge Hotel on a cliff overlooking the river in 1921 for $500,000. The hotel catered to upscale clientele serving dainty lunches and salmon dinners. In the center of town, the Hood River Hotel provided accommodations for commercial travelers.
<i>Steamer Landing, Hood River, Oregon.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
6. Steamer Landing, Hood River, Oregon.
Hood River Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2015
7. Hood River Marker (wide view)
 
 
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