What would have been the name(s) of this station prior to it becoming Cascade Locks? What year was the name changed to Cascade Locks?
Longshot on 26th May 2015 @ 7:47am
Others can fill in the dates and details, but essentially the locks were built to make steam paddlewheel travel safer; the railroad made river travel less necessary. The railroad came after the locks, therefore it would have been Cascade Locks station from beginning.
spinsur on 26th May 2015 @ 8:48am
Not exactly-- Work on the locks started before the railroad came through (1882/1883), but funding was sporadic and construction wasn't completed until 1896, after about 20 years of work. I think I posted some photos of the construction from 1883, taken from the railroad tracks when the canal was far from complete.
Wikipedia claims the final push to complete the canal/locks was to break the rail monopoly on freight.
To answer Longshot's question-- I think by the time the railroad came the station served the town of workers constructing the locks, so my guess is they always called the station "Cascade Locks".
The river and the rail competed for freight-- I know when Hood River got it's new fire engine it came by steamer (1920). The steamship captain brought it for free, and the city council wrote a nice thank you letter.
Arthur on 26th May 2015 @ 9:31am
Neat photo, yes, a train would have been a nice addition but this is great just as it is.
According to McArthur, it was named Cascade Locks in 1878, the year the locks construction was started and when the post office was established.
And speaking of paddle wheelers, the Portland was out this last Saturday and will be running one Saturday each month through October....short trips but a steamer with a GREAT whistle. More info: Oregon Maritime Museum.
Arlen Sheldrake on 26th May 2015 @ 10:26am
Trying to see HHR on an I phone is the pitts.
Wasn't there a monopoly by a company with both rail and river? Did Oregon Navigation something or other have both?
l.e. on 26th May 2015 @ 12:44pm
Wonder what or whose the large house between station and river was
Kenn on 26th May 2015 @ 4:27pm