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Al Fausett's overturned canoe below Willamette Falls

Photograph of an overturned canoe floating in rough water below Willamette Falls, near Oregon City. It has the words “Al Fausett’s canoe” on the side. The photograph was taken March 31, 1928. A cropped version of this photograph was one of four published on the front page of the Oregon Journal on April 1, 1928, under the headline “Dare-Devil Falls Jumper and His Narrow Squeak at Oregon City.” This photograph had the following caption: “ ‘Bottoms up’ at foot of falls, with Fausett underneath.’ ” According to an accompanying story, headlined “Leaps Falls; Death Close,” Fausett was attempting to shoot Willamette Falls in a specially designed canoe, but the craft went over the falls sideways and resurfaced upside down. Fausett was rescued and was uninjured. See related image Nos. 371N5708, 377N0376, and 377N0377.

Al Fausett going over Willamette Falls in canoe

Photograph showing daredevil Al Fausett going over Willamette Falls sideways in a canoe on March 31, 1928. A cropped version of this photograph was one of four published on the front page of the Oregon Journal on April 1, 1928, under the headline “Dare-Devil Falls Jumper and His Narrow Squeak at Oregon City.” This photograph had the following caption: “ ‘Canoe dropping at crest of falls.” According to an accompanying story, headlined “Leaps Falls; Death Close,” Fausett was attempting to shoot Willamette Falls in a specially designed canoe, but the craft went over the falls sideways and resurfaced upside down. Fausett was rescued and was uninjured. See related image Nos. 371N0823, 377N0376, and 377N0377. Image note: Photograph shows extensive discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

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.

Old Station A during flood

Photograph taken during a flood in February of 1890, showing an old Station A building in Oregon City surrounded by moving water. In the foreground of the frame a wooden waterwheel is visible. An older paper frame can be seen around the edge of the photograph.

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.

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