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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.

Scenic view of Willamette Falls

Photograph showing water cascading down Willamette Falls in Oregon City. Industrial buildings can be seen just above the falls, with a rocky cliff and houses visible in the background. Above the waterfall is a spillway. Written one of the of large industrial buildings is "Publishers Paper Co."

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