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Mt Hood Trivia
Sky-Way to Timberline
In the late
40s, the Sky-Way tram from Government Camp took skiers up to Timberline. It was actually a
bus with wheels above its roof. The wheels travelled along a stationary cable. It took
about 30 minutes one way! It was dismantled after 2 years, when a bus service proved
Photo from Mt. Hood
A Complete History by John F. Grauer, published in 1975.
You can find this photo, and many more, at the
Mt. Hood Museum and Cultural Center in Government Camp, Oregon.
Rhododendron was Rowe
The town of Rhododendron used to be called Rowe, back at the beginning of the 20th century.
Henry S. Rowe, mayor of Portland from June 1900 to January 1902, built Rhododendron Inn in
1905 on the 160-acre homestead he had purchased from Henry Hammond for $1,200.
Dont Call it Multipor!
Multorpor mountain was named by Will Steel for
Multorpor Republican Club of Portland. The name is derived from the first letters of
Multnomah, Oregon, and Portland: MULT-OR-POR. Not
Multipor, as some people mispronounce it!
Now you know.
Multorpor and Ski Bowl
(Photo of skiers walking up
into Skibowl circa 1938,)
and Skibowl began as two separate ski areas in 1928.
The old supervisor of Mount Hood National Forest, Thomas Sherrard, was not
interested in opening up the site for recreation.
are only two functions for this forest, he said. One is to provide watershed
area. The other is for grazing land.
the public wants trails and ski areas, Everett Sickler countered.
public can go to blazes, retorted the forester.
public prevailed, and by January 6, 1929, the newly founded Cascade Ski Club organized a
ski jumping tournament attended by 3600 spectators.
hut on the Skibowl side (the West side) was built in 1937.
The two ski
areas merged in 1964, when new owners took over, and Carl Reynolds became the president.
Multorpor is now
known as Skibowl East.