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20 Great And Awesome Facts About Hood River, Oregon, United States

The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Take a look below for 20 great and awesome facts about Hood River, Oregon, United States.

1. It is a port on the Columbia River, and is named for the nearby Hood River.

2. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,167.

3. It is the only city in Oregon where public consumption of alcohol on sidewalks or parks is totally unrestricted.

4. Hood River (originally called Dog River) post office was established (named by Mary Coe) at the site of the present city on September 30, 1868, and the city itself was incorporated in 1895.

5. Originally, the city was part of Wasco County, but it became the seat of Hood River County when the county was first established in 1908.

6. The Hood River incident involved the removal of sixteen Nisei servicemen’s names from the county “roll of honor” in Hood River, Oregon, by the local American Legion Post 22.

7. The incident on November 29, 1944, was part of a string of anti-Japanese actions taken in an attempt to prevent removed Japanese Americans from returning to the area after their release from internment by the United States federal government.

8. National outrage against the community heightened five weeks later when a local Japanese American serviceman died after completing a heroic mission in the Philippines.

9. Under great pressure, the local American Legion post restored Nisei names to the wall of the county courthouse on April 29, 1945.

10. Hood River is at the confluence of the Hood River and the Columbia River in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge.

11. The city is about 30 miles (48 km) north of Mount Hood, the tallest peak in the state.

12. It is across the Columbia River from White Salmon, Washington.

13. South of the city is the Hood River Valley, known for its production of apples, pears, and cherries.

14. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.35 square miles (8.68 km2), of which 2.55 square miles (6.60 km2) is land and 0.80 square miles (2.07 km2) is water.

15. Hood River’s economy has traditionally been based on three industries: agriculture, tourism, and sports recreation, but since the late 1990s, high-tech industries, such as aerospace engineering (e.g. Insitu and Hood Technologies), have become some of the largest employers.

16. Long an agricultural center of the Pacific Northwest, Hood River historically was a hub of logging exports and fruit tree orchards. While lumber was the primary export for Hood River throughout most of its history, with the advent of forest protection measures such as the establishment of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Hood River has exchanged most of its former tree cutting agricultural ways to focus more heavily on its apple and pear orchards as well as many wineries.

17. Many of these local orchards and wineries, including Hood River-based The Fruit Company, are featured on Hood River’s renowned “Fruit Loop”.

18. Hood River first experienced a boom in tourism after being discovered as a site for world-class windsurfing, and more recently kiteboarding. Hood River County also has some of the best kayaking, mountain biking, downhill and Nordic skiing, and hiking areas in the United States.

19. Situated in the Columbia Gorge, and surrounded by fields, orchards, vineyards, and at the foot of Mount Hood, Hood River is a popular tourist destination.

20. Other industries in the city include Hood River Distillers, the Encore Consumer Capital owned Full Sail Brewing Company, a major Oregon microbrewery, the clothing and sports equipment manufacturer DaKine, and vegetarian food manufacturer Turtle Island Foods, producer of Tofurky. The Hood River Valley is also home to more than a dozen wineries.

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