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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Elmer and the Union Pacific

Elmer and the Union Pacific

In 1953, my Mom and Dad, my grandparents, and my Uncle Elmer hooked up the trailer, piled in the Ford and headed east.

Our family is genetically tied to transportation, especially railroads, so this shot of my Uncle getting back into the car is quite atypical - normally he'd have been staring the train down.

Fun shot, nonetheless. I think it is along the Columbia River, but I'm not sure.

Photo: Don Hall, Sr.

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

Westbound

Thank you for posting this photo, exceptionally nice composition. Agree this is along the Columbia River and the train and car are headed west. In my mind your uncle had to take his gaze off the train in preparation to give chase.
UP Mikado #2207 was built in 1915 and retired in 1955.
My dad and myself were chasing trains in this area in his 1963 chev around 1967. The interstate was still under construction in places.

Columbia River Gorge

The tender says Union Pacific, I think, and the background looks like the eastern Columbia River Gorge, east of The Dalles, Oregon, out toward Rufus and Biggs Junction and possibly a little beyond (east). Union Pacific tracks then and now are on the south, Oregon, side of the Columbia. The highway has changed since 1953, of course, and the old two-lane Columbia River Highway has been replaced in most places by Interstate 84. In this photo, the tracks are on the south side of the road, as they were at that time in that area, or part of it, anyway. Today, a freeway beidge takes the road from south of the tracks to north of them in that area. Fun photo, indeed.

 
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