February 11, 2017
Lucille Stephens, Terray Harmon, Art Monroe, Gary Conley, John C. Wood, Dale Roberts and Becky Roberts all contributed to this report.
Information with the photo is “The Dalles Wool Trade Center 1864-1894.” There is another “Wasco Warehouse” in Shaniko, with the same writing on the roof, which still stands.
The Dalles Warehouse was located west of the flour mill, near where the old Tum-A-Lum building is now and north of Second Street, said Terray Harmon.
LaVerna Bolton Harmier and others noted that the close resembles the warehouse in Shaniko, “The wool capital of the world,” which, at the turn of the century, had the largest wool warehouse in the state, marketing four million pounds in 1901. John C. Wood noted that it even looks like there are sheep corrals in the background.
Art Monroe said the Shaniko-Bend Silverlake Fast Freight is pictured.
Gary Conley noted that the teamsters look like they had just brought in a load of wool to the warehouse. A lot of grain and other stuff was also delivered and sold out of the warehouse, he said. Goods were loaded onto the railroad at the other end of the warehouse, he added. The houses in the background are where the cherry packing plant is now and the corral is in the area of Taylor Street.
A scan of the print, part of the Wilma Roberts collection, was submitted by Casey Roberts.
Two websites discuss the Wasco County wool warehouses: oregonhistoryproject.org/articles/historical-records/wool-buyers-at-shaniko/ and www.legendsofamerica.com/or-shaniko.html