Today’s picture is showing off Timberline Lodge Snow Pack on Mt. Hood in Oregon. The picture dates from 1955. I can’t tell if we’re early or late in the season here. But the freshness of the snow leads me to believe it’s probably early still. This portion of Mt. Hood routinely gets 400-500 inches of snow per a year, and 600 is not unheard of.
Just out of site around the corner of the road is Timberline Lodge. The lodge was built by the WPA between 1936 and 1938. Original plans called for the building to be a multi-story glass edifice, but wiser heads prevailed giving us this gorgeous building. At the time of this picture the lodge may actually have been closed due to financial issues even though it was only 20 years old. Luckily those issues have long been resolved and the lodge is again open and running year round. While the road is wider, the parking lot bigger, and another ski shop area added, the lodge is essentially unchanged. Today it’s still a popular destination resort both in and out of ski season.