"Mt. Hood," 1902, photographer unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 175-3923.

Snow-covered Mount Hood in background. Trees at far end of lake. In foreground, man in bowler hat stands fishing from his anchored row-boat. “Underwood & Underwood, Publishers. New York, London, Toronto-Canada, Ottawa-Kansas.” and “Works and Studios – Arlington, N. J. Westwood, N. J. Washington, D. C.” printed on sides of card. “Mt. Hood (11,225 Ft.) one of America’s famous mountains, from Lost Lake, Oregon. Copyright 1902 by Underwood & Underwood.” printed on bottom of card. Text on back of card reads “You are two day’s journey from Portland, up in Wasco county, near the northern boundary of the State. It is about three miles from here across the lake to that snow-wrapped cone of Mount Hood. Ages ago, this peak of the Cascade range was an active volcano; even now there are places away up there among the snow-banks and ice-sheathed cliffs where sulphurous fumes still come stealing up through crevices in the mountain wall, from fires hidden far, far below. The peak has been climbed many times by enthusiastic mountaineers. Those snow-banks, when melted under the warm sun of early summer, will send streams running down into the Deschutes river and so to the Columbia; the Columbia will carry them to the Pacific ocean. But the Pacific in turn is continually having its waters caught up by the sea-winds and borne back over this very land in the form of vapor-laden clouds; when such clouds are blown against that chilly wall their moisture is condensed into rain or snow and becomes deposited on the mountain-shoulders–so the cycle of Nature’s processes goes on and on. The soil that supports these vigorous fir trees is made mostly of powdery rock-waste from the cliffs of Mt. Hood and its neighbors, broken off by frosts and storms and mountain torrents and washed down here in the hollow. From Notes of Travel, No. 7, copyright 1904, by Underwood & Underwood.” Title written in English and five other languages.

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