Item 376G0315 - First Presbyterian Church, Portland, with steeple damaged by lightning

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First Presbyterian Church, Portland, with steeple damaged by lightning


  • 1920-07-17 (Creation)


Photograph; glass plate negatives; 5 x 7 in

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Photograph showing First Presbyterian Church at 11th and Alder streets (now Southwest 11th Avenue and Southwest Alder Street) in Portland on Saturday, July 17, 1920, after lightning damaged the steeple. A cropped version of this photograph was published on the front page of the Oregon Journal’s July 17 city edition under the headline “Bolt Strikes.” The photograph had the following caption: “Steeple of First Presbyterian church, Eleventh and Alder streets, showing where lightning ripped slate off the roof in a jagged streak. Below, the street is roped off to prevent injury to pedestrians.” The photograph accompanied a story with the headline “Steeple Is Shattered by Electric Bolt” and the subheading “Patrolman C. C. Martin, Seeking Shelter From Storm, Knocked Senseless When Shock Hits Edifice; Rain Puts Out Fire.” See related image No. 376G0316.

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Oregon Journal Negative Collection; Org. Lot 1368; Box 376; 376G0315

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August 16, 2018 2:16 PM

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