Barney’s Matchbook Cover
September 22, 2016 – 12:07 am | 3 Comments

Locals know Barney’s Corner as a gas station, but early on it was much, much more.
I believe this matchbook cover comes from around the 1940s. Back then there was food and dance.
Barney was Keith Malcom’s brother …

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La Grande homes
February 21, 2016 – 9:00 am | No Comment
La Grande homes

The 1912 homes in La Grande were famous for their futuristic attribute — they were all electric in a time when everyone heated with wood thanks to Tacoma Power.
(To read and see more pictures of these …

Pelton Water Wheel at Nisqually Dam (ca. 1942)
January 17, 2016 – 10:37 pm | No Comment
Pelton Water Wheel at Nisqually Dam (ca. 1942)

As I write this, the image here is for sale on Ebay. The information on the photo reads: “Photograph shows a workman standing next to a Pelton water wheel case for La Grande Dam on …

La Grande, early 1900s
October 15, 2015 – 9:00 am | No Comment
La Grande, early 1900s

La Grande was a interesting town in the early 1900s — famous for it’s all-electric, ultra-modern homes.
Jim Rupert says, “The far right in the far corner of the picture was the paint shop when I …

Old Alder and the Flood Line
January 29, 2015 – 9:00 am | 2 Comments
Old Alder and the Flood Line

In the 1940s the second Alder dam was built at La Grande. The town of Alder had to be moved to make way for the lake (Alder Lake) that would be created. This is the …

Carlson Girls of Alder – Interview
May 12, 2014 – 4:36 pm | 2 Comments
Carlson Girls of Alder – Interview

 
Carl Linden was kind enough to share this interview with the Carlson girls from Alder. The family moved to the area in 1910.
I have copied the pasted the document here. You’ll recognize many names. It’s …

Alder Dam (1945)
January 7, 2014 – 11:10 pm | 2 Comments
Alder Dam (1945)

The new Alder dam as it looked August 21, 1945.
“Alder was a concrete arch structure, 330 feet high, two miles above the smaller dam at LaGrande. The town of Alder, population 200, was inundated by …

A glimpse of Canyada Lodge (ca. 1913)
January 6, 2014 – 9:57 pm | No Comment
A glimpse of Canyada Lodge (ca. 1913)

Imagine it’s 1913. The Titanic disaster is now a year past and you’re looking forward to the fabulous year ahead. You and spouse decide to take a trip to Mount Rainier. You’ll need a place …

Road Camp at La Grande (ca. 1920)
December 24, 2013 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Road Camp at La Grande (ca. 1920)

While the Canyon Road was being built, this was the road camp.
Randy Stewart says, “This was the construction camp in the La Grande Canyon area. There was a small DOT shed there for many years. …

Canyada Lodge (ca. 1912)
December 22, 2013 – 8:39 pm | No Comment
Canyada Lodge (ca. 1912)

Here’s an advertisement postcard for the Canyada Lodge, which was located in La Grande, Wash.
Canyada Lodge is Calling You
An ideal place to spend the week ends or stop over night to and from America’s most …

Early La Grande (ca. 1912)
December 28, 2012 – 7:00 pm | No Comment
Early La Grande (ca. 1912)

Around 1912 La Grande was home to what was “a town without a chimney“.
Here are a couple more pictures of these futuristic homes, which ran solely on electricity. Unfortunately, none of these homes survived.
Photos courtesy …