History Mystery for Feb. 29-March 1

Joann Johnston, Michael Houser, Terray Harmon, Gary Conley, Caroline Zeigler, Larry Hoctor, Mike Kilkenney and Ed Wilson contributed to this report.

Last week’s History Mystery, above, is an “aerial of Harvey Aluminum with farms along the river.” It is from the digital archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

Michael Houser said the photo was likely taken between 1958 and 1964. A few highlights of what was there—Harvey Aluminum, The Dalles Drive-Inn Theater, Jones Auto Wrecking, Mt. Fir logging and I-82N, renamed to I-84 in 1980.

The Klindts family, for which the Klindt’s Cove Pocket Park is named, was farming along the river on land that has since become the Port of The Dalles Industrial Park. Their home can be seen in the lower left side of the photo, and Chenowith creek is on the right, said Terray Harmon. He said there was a beautiful sandy beach, visible in the photo. “You had to drive through the creek to get to the beach,” he remembers.

Ed Williams said he worked at the plant 23 1/2 years, first for Harvey and later for Northwest Aluminum.

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