Ok, so I totally messed up the potential for dramatic effect here.This photo was taken prior to the one I posted yesterday. Sorry about that.
Though (to make lemonade) it does give me an opportunity to point you back to yesterday’s comment by Ellin Beltz, who offered great details about the 1880 photo….
which was moved from the location in this photo to its present site closer to Van Ness Avenue in 1893.
Across the street from the tall white building is a cluster of low peaked roofs, two of which are still here,
*452 Main — is an 1870 residence joined to an 1918 storefront. The building is called the Gangreen/Ward/Gill House; &
*444 Main — was built as the Gill House and the Blackburn Building in 1876. It has a commercial false-front and a lovely yard.
Several of the residences around Berding and Brown are still standing.
The row of dark trees behind Main Street is foliage along Francis Creek. The row of darker trees behind them seems adjacent to the course of the Salt River and the tall ghostly trees off towards Centerville Beach may be Sitka Spruce.
What comparing this photo to the http://www.ferndale-museum.org/mainstreet.htm Ferndale Museum Main Street Walk shows is that Ferndale has very few 1880s buildings in the commercial strip. The 1906 earthquake http://ebeltz.net/fieldtrips/1906quake-fdale.html was responsible for several buildings being demolished, rebuilt or replaced, including the Gilt Edge Hotel and the Pythian Castle.