7. Mt. Hood Loop

Yeah... Recreating the Mt. Hood Loop? Maybe not quite. I would like to throw some notes in here, though, and I may flesh it out more at some point in the far distant future.


Pathfinding Party of The Oregonian Circles Mountain for First Time Within One Day -- Scenery Is Declared Most Beautiful in World -- Run Made in 11 Hours. 

The Sunday Oregonian.  July 18, 1913

Wonders Of First Auto Trip Around Mount Hood Many
The Sunday Oregonian. July 18, 1913
Posted by Jeff ("aircooled") on OregonHikers.org. February 22, 2014
http://www.oregonhikers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=18205

Mt. Hood, Oregon, perpetually snowcapped, elevation 11,225 ft
Sawyer Scenic Photos, Inc. Mt. Hood, Oregon, Perpetually Snowcapped, Elevation 11,225 Ft. Sawyer Scenic Photos, Inc, c. 1920.
Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
http://brbl-dl.library.yale.edu/vufind/Record/3524688

DETAIL:  Mt. Hood Loop Interpretive Sign: A Loop of Opportunity (2013)
Old Columbia River Drive, Hood River, Oregon. May 6, 2013
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DETAIL:  Mt. Hood Loop Interpretive Sign: A Loop of Opportunity (2013)
Old Columbia River Drive, Hood River, Oregon. May 6, 2013
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DETAIL:  Mt. Hood Loop Interpretive Sign: A Loop of Opportunity (2013)
Old Columbia River Drive, Hood River, Oregon. May 6, 2013
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MOUNT HOOD ROAD
The great success that has followed the opening of the
road from Tacoma to Mount Rainier in Washington has
awakened the people of Multnomah County to the importance
of having a good road from Portland to Mount Hood. A
movement has been started by a number of prominent citizens
of Portland to have built a modern highway from Portland to
Mount Hood, and thence down to Hood River. At this session
of the legislature a law should be enacted permitting Mult
nomah County to expend money in an adjoining county for the
purpose of constructing a road in which Portland is so vitally
interested, and that will be of state-wide importance.

At this time I want to call attention to the fine spirit
shown so far by the leading citizens of Multnomah County
toward expenditure of state money in that county. The county
officials and their advisory board on road matters, consisting
of Messrs. W. W. Cotton, A. S. Benson, Samuel Hill, C. S.
Jackson, and W. B. Fechheimer, decided that in their opinion
the best interests of Portland would be served by insisting that
all of the State Road Fund be spent in other counties, notwith
standing the fact that Multnomah County pays about forty
per cent of the taxes. If this generous spirit is adhered to,
Oregon will soon have a wonderful system of trunk roads and
the best of feeling will exist towards the metropolis of the
State by the outlying districts.  (Bowlby 8-9)

This great mountain range one mile and more in height has always been a barrier until now to wagon traffic. The earlier settlers used a trail and portage, or else crossed the range south of Mount Hood on the old Barlow trail. They scrambled up the east side of the mountains as best they could and on reaching the summit cut down a tree and tied it on behind the wagon to serve as a brake to hold them back when they slid down the western slopes. (Lancaster 1914, 58)

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