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Hood River County, Oregon
Chamber of Commerce.
Explorers Lewis and Clark passed by the Hood River area while traveling the Columbia River on their way to the Pacific Ocean on October 29, 1805. The explorers noted a small Indian Village at the mouth of the river and named it La Beasche in honor of their boatman, Francois La Beasche. They did not explore the area at this time.
In July 1854, Hood River had its first white residents. Nathaniel Coe, 66, and his wife, Mary, 53, took out donation land claims amounting to 319.92 acres. Coe had been sent from the east to establish post offices in the new territory and had selected the Dog River Valley to live in when he left government service. The Coes, joined by two of their four sons, built a house near what is today the heart of the city of Hood River.
Hood River's fertile land and cool temperatures make it an excellent fruit producing area. Being located on the Columbia River combined with the winds from the valley make Hood River an outstanding windsurfing and sailboarding community for those just looking to have fun, or for those who enjoy these sports at a competitive level. (Submitted by Lacy Kirkland, High Desert Middle School)
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Windsurfing, sailboarding, snowboarding, kayaking, horseback riding, golf, and fishing
Mount Hood Railroad
110 Railroad Avenue
Hood River, Oregon 97031
Phone: (800) TRAIN-61
Hood River County is known as the windsurfing capitol of the world, not to mention with majestic mountains behind.
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