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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

Dam 1 at Portland Water Works

Photograph taken from the top of Dam 1 at Bull Run. The dam features a decorative railing, gatehouse, and light posts along the top. At the center of the dam are three closed gates. A logged hillside can be seen in the background (negative 11 of 31).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Portland Water Works

Cascading water viewed from inside a doorway at Bull Run. Likely taken from a dam structure, water can be seen flowing down a river surrounded by trees (negative 17 of 31).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Portland Water Works

A man stands in front of a mechanical (generator?) unit at Portland Water Works (Bull Run). He is wearing overalls, and is holding a wheel with both hands (negative 25 of 31).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Dam 1 Portland Water Works

Photograph taken from a distance showing Dam 1 at Bull Run. A decorative railing, gatehouse, and light posts can be seen at the top of the dam, beyond which a reservoir can be seen (negative 26 of 31).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Portland Water Works

A man wearing overalls looks downward at a mechanical unit at Portland Water Works (Bull Run). Likely used for water treatment, the unit includes two vacuum chambers with pipes and hoses visible (negative 5 of 31).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Train car at Bull Run

Photograph of train car and passengers, taken at Bull Run. The name “Portland” is written on the side of the train. Several individuals have picnic baskets, with men lined up in front of the train and women and children posing behind railing. Trees, telephone poles, and a wooden building can be seen in the background.

Bull Run, reservoir

Photograph of Bull Run reservoir showing dike and temporary falsework for construction of intake. A man in a long coat and hat stands on the dike looking forward. In the background, trees and buildings are visible.

Bull Run, contractors camp

Photograph showing several temporary tent structures in a large field. Is the distance, another structure can be seen, in addition to trees and hills. (Image note: discoloration of the negative is visible at the center of the frame, in addition to a small damaged area also near the center).