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Portland General Electric Photograph Collection

  • Org. Lot 151
  • Collection
  • 1880 - 1965

Negatives documenting company activities, including electrical infrastructure, employees, power generation and distribution throughout Portland, the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Cascade Range. Additional general images include streetcars and trains, street lighting, power line installation, Rose Festival floats, office buildings, car barns and bridges. Of particular note are dam building projects at Bull Run and along the Clackamas River (1910-1930), and early electric stations in Oregon City at Willamette Falls.

Portland General Electric Company

Salem at night

Photograph looking south on Commercial Street, taken with a long exposure at night. On the left side, the Greenbaum Building can be seen, now at 240-254 Commercial Street NE. Light streaks from vehicles can be seen on the street. On the negative is written "49-138." (Image note: see related Image PGE 49-97).

Commercial Street in Salem

Photograph looking south on Commercial Street towards Chemeketa Street in Salem. Buildings line both sides of the street, and forested hills can be seen in the distance. On the left side, the Greenbaum Building can be seen, now at 240-254 Commercial Street NE. Also on the left is sign with "Hotel Argo," formally at the intersection of Commercial and Chemeketa Streets. On the negative is written "49-97." (Image note: see related image PGE 49-138).

Thompson, H. Y.

Transcription from back: “H. Y. Thompson, grad Willamette University. Lawyer of Portland in 1880.”

S. E. Gray & Co. (Photographers)

Unidentified young child

Transcription from back: “Don’t know who this is. First Premium at the Oregon State Fair, 1880, for the best Cabinets and Cards awarded to H. S. Shuster, Court St. Salem, Oregon.”

H. S. Shuster Studio (Photographer)

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