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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

Station A

Copy of Photograph, showing Station A at Willamette Falls in Oregon City. Multiple generators with large belts can be seen in a high ceiling room, and an individual can be seen standing in the background. Copy made April 16, 1915.

Station A

Copy of Photograph, showing Station A at Willamette Falls in Oregon City. Multiple generators with large belts can be seen in a high ceiling room with wooden beams. Copy made April 16, 1915.

Oregon City paper mills

Photograph taken at a high vantage point, looking north, of paper mills in Oregon City, showing railroad tracks and the Willamette River. The Oregon City Bridge (Arch Bridge) can be seen in the distance crossing the river. Industrial buildings line the river on the opposite banks. Written on the top of a building is a large sign with “Crown Willamette Paper Company” and “Hawley Pulp and Paper Company.”

Freight house

Photograph of a freight house in Oregon City for the Willamette Valley Southern Railway Company (W.V.S.RY.) next to a train and railroad tracks. A train sits next to the building with “W.V.S.RY.” written on the side, and a wooden house can be seen in the background.

Station B

Photograph of the exterior of Station B in Oregon City, with the flowing Willamette River in the foreground. Behind the brick building a hill with utility poles and three large tanks can be seen.

Station B

Photograph showing two men standing next to a 500V vertical railway generator at Station B in Oregon City. Both men are looking at the camera, and a stairway ladder between them leads to the top of the generator.

Station B

Photograph showing a man standing next to a 500V vertical railway generator at Station B in Oregon City. The man is standing slightly to the right of the machine and is looking at the camera.

Station B

Photograph showing the interior of Station B in Oregon City. On the main floor are several large machines (generators?) with other electrical infrastructure visible near the ceiling. A small desk and chair can be seen near the center of the frame.

Station B

Photograph showing the interior of Station B in Oregon City. On the main floor are several large machines (generators?) with other electrical infrastructure visible near the ceiling. An individual stands at a small desk near the middle of the frame, and is looking at the camera.

Station B

Photograph showing machinery wreckage at Station B in Oregon City. Several wheels and gear pieces can be seen throughout the image, broken off the main machinery mechanism. A man can be seen on the right side of the frame.

Station B

Photograph showing machinery wreckage at Station B in Oregon City. Pieces of machinery can be seen throughout the image, disconnected and broken from the main mechanism.

Station B

Photograph showing machinery wreckage at Station B in Oregon City. Pieces of wood and stone lay on the floor, along with pieces of disconnected machinery. At the back of the frame, a man stands in a doorway while looking at the camera.

Station B

Photograph showing the exterior of Station B in Oregon City. The flowing Willamette River can be seen at the base of the stone building. Behind, utility poles and another building can be seen at the top of a hill.

Station B, exterior

Photograph taken from a distance showing Station B in Oregon City. Numerous buildings are visible throughout the frame, both on the near and far shores of the Willamette River. Several large smokestacks can be seen on multiple buildings.

Station B

Photograph taken from a high angle showing the exterior of Station B in Oregon City. Willamette Fall is visible at the center of the frame, and a building is on the left side. Across the water, several building can be seen on a wooded hillside.

Station B, Oregon City Dam

Photograph showing a dam at Willamette Falls in Oregon City. In the center of the frame, water cascades through an opening between a building and dam structure. Numerous other buildings and utility poles can be seen throughout the image.

Station B, Oregon City Dam

Photograph taken at Willamette Falls in Oregon city showing men working on a wooden dam structure. Industrial buildings and a smokestack can be seen just beyond the dam structure, and wooded hills are in the distance. A large white house is visible at the top of the hill on the left side of the frame.

Station B, Oregon City Dam

Photograph looking across the water showing several large industrial buildings on the shore. On the left side is a pulp and paper company, and a white building with a large smokestack can be seen in the center of the frame. Along the shore are stacks of wood (possibly crates).

Station B, Oregon City Dam

Photograph showing groups of men working on a dam in Oregon. Two men are standing in the shallow water, while another two are in a rowboat to the right. Another four men stand on top of the wooden structure to the left next to a hoisting machine. In the background, multiple smokestacks can be seen coming from a large industrial building.

Station B, Oregon City Dam

Photograph taken from a high angle showing several men working with a truck and hoisting machine next to flowing water of the Willamette River. On the left side of the image, two men stand on a dock platform while one holds a wooden pole.

Station B

Photograph of the exterior west wall of Station B in Oregon City, with the Willamette River. Two men work on a wooden lock gate. Numerous utility poles are visible throughout the image.

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