Here are some pix of the historic Government Mineral Springs Resort, built circa 1918, burned down 1935, never rebuilt. The clearing at the Gov’t Mineral Springs campground is where the resort was located.
The Oregonian article here is a full-page feature on Government Mineral Springs Hotel Resort from Aug, 1920. In the article the writer mentions the Cascade Locks-Stevenson ferry which operated until The Bridge of the Gods opened in 1926. Also, the extensive wildfire burn they drive through north of Carson is the 1902 Yacolt Burn, which started in this area north of Carson and burned 30 miles to the west in just 36 hours, reportedly dropping a half-inch of ash on Portland. The spring the article describes them drinking out of is the still-functioning Iron Mike Spring (see video link in blog below). Government Mineral Springs Resort Aug 1920
This is a photo of the first suspension bridge over the canyon of the Wind River between carson and Gov’t Mineral Springs. This bridge was an acheivement for the period!
This next photo shows people drinking at Iron Mike spring, located behind the Gov’t Mineral Springs Resort. Look for cups in their hands. Iron Mike is still there and you can still drink its mineral-rich waters out of a hand-pump.
Here is a video of two Curious Gorge friends having a sip at Iron Mike Spring, still located at its historic spot at the road-end trailhead next to the Government Mineral Springs campground. In the autumn the Forest Service removes the pump handle (when the water table rises and taints the water), but usually in the summertime the pump functions and the nearby Forest Service sign (shown below) dares you to take a drink. This metallic-tinged soda water is often collected by locals to take home to make super-puffy pancakes with—the fizz puffs-up the pancakes….bring a bottle and give it a try!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi1cSdHFsiY
Embarking on the hiking loop I describe around the lower reaches of Trapper Creek you’ll immediately encounter huge old-growth surrounding the leased-land private cabins, then head upstream for a few rock-hops across side-streams and Trapper Creek itself.