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.
Photograph showing a group of people posing with four railroad trains. All the individuals are looking at the camera, and a train garage building can be seen in the background. On the left side of the image, a man holds a baby in front of the train with “4” painted on. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame).
Photograph of a steam dummy train at East 6th St and Morrison St from the Willamette Bridge Railway Company. On the side of the first car is written “Mount Tabor.” Several men and a group of children look at the camera. A church building can be seen in the background.
Photograph showing train #1404, parked on tracks. On the side of the train is written “The Portland Railway Light & Power Co.” Stacks of pipes can be seen in the background on the left side of the frame.
Photograph showing railroad cars at the Sunnyside terminus of the Willamette Bridge Railway Company’s motor line, two miles from Portland. Men sit and stand on the train cars while looking at the camera. The first two trains are enclosed models, while the last is open air. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame).
Photograph showing the first train to enter St. Johns in North Portland. Several men stand next to a train engine with one attached car. Around the train is wooden debris on the ground, with trees and a small building in the distance. (Image note: glass negative is cracked at upper left corner). The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame.
Photograph of 3 passengers and a railroad employee boarding a train at North Bank Station in Portland, Oregon. Two women have already boarded and make their way into the railcar. They wear long white dresses with bloomers underneath and bonnets on their heads. A man accompanying them wears a suit and top hat. As he boards, he speaks to a uniformed African American railroad employee. Handwriting on the back of the print reads, "North Bank Station."
Photograph of an SP&S locomotive #157 pulling a train across the Willamette River Railroad Bridge, also known as the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge. Taken from the railroad tracks, the locomotive travels toward the camera. Handwriting on the back of the print reads, "Caption: S.P.&S. Limited Crossing Willamette River Bridge. Bottom of pages 45-46. Aug. 85-A." Stamp on the back for Angelus Photo Co.
Photograph of an Oregon Electric Railway train passing through the community of Multnomah, Oregon. On the left, a girl sits on a bench outside a building with a sign that reads, "Postal Telegraph Office Cablegrams." A man stands on a crossing on the railroad tracks, looking away from the camera. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Multnomah, Ore, 1914, OE Ry."
Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Blazing the Trail of Steel” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes two seated women in front of a train, which is emerging from a lighted tunnel. Several individuals can be seen standing on either side of the float, all of which are slightly out of focus due to exposure.
Photograph showing a group of people with a street car after a snow fall. The people are using tools and shovels to clear snow around the street car train, which is attached to an electric line above. On the side of the train is “P.R.L & P. Co.” Ice laden electric lines can be seen above and around the train, with buildings visible in the background.
Photograph of an SP&S locomotive #2505 and train at North Bank Station in Portland, Oregon. Many people stand on the platform next to the train. Most wear suits and hats. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "North Bank Station."
Photograph of eight unidentified young men standing on the platform at the end of a Portland Limited train car at Union Station. The young man fourth from left is holding a bouquet of flowers. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the the negative.
Photograph of Millen Van Hoogstraaten, conductor for the Portland Symphony Orchestra, standing on the ground next to an Empire Builder train. He rests his elbow on the back of the train next to a sign that reads, "Great Northern Empire Builder." He wears a trench coat and looks at the camera. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Millen Van Hoogstraaten, 1929." Stamp on the back for L.C. Jones, Photographic Laboratory.
Photograph of Millen Van Hoogstraaten, conductor for the Portland Symphony Orchestra, on an exterior observation deck on the back of an Empire Builder train. Three women and the train conductor are on the deck with him. A group of people on the ground wave at them. Signs on the back of the train read, "North Coast Limited" and "Great Northern Empire Builder." Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "1929, Center, Millen Van Hoogstraaten , conductor, Ptld. sym."
Photograph, taken from track level, showing the depot, railroad tracks, and trains at Union Station in Portland. The Broadway Bridge is partially visible at right. The number 1998 is written on the negative and is partially visible at upper right. See related image No. 372A1195.
Photograph showing trains in a railyard near Union Station in Portland. The view is to the north. In the background at left is Crown Mills, at what is now 1362 Naito Parkway. The number 2012 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image.
Photograph showing railroad tracks, the depot, and an oncoming train at Union Station in Portland. The Broadway Bridge is partially visible at right. The view is toward the northwest. The number 1999 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image. See related image No. 372A1196.
Photograph of 3 men looking at their watches on a platform at Union Station in Portland, Oregon. On the track next to them is an SP&S streamlined train no. 801. Handwriting on the back of the print reads, "SP&S streamlined train no. 2 at Union Station, Portland, Ore. (Engineer, fireman and conductor comparing watches.)" Stamp on the back for Photo-Art Commercial Studios.
Photograph showing an industrial area with buildings, trains, and electric lines. In the middle of the frame, a dirt road can be seen curving to the right around a large pile of dirt. The utility poles feature multi-tier electric lines throughout the frame. Written on the negative is "50-507."