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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

Portland General Electric linemen on utility pole in front of Mt. Jefferson

Photograph looking downhill, showing two linemen at the top of a utility pole with Mt. Jefferson visible in the distance. Snow can be seen on the ground, trees, and mountains throughout the frame. A utility pole and electric line are at the right side of the frame. Likely taken near Timberline Lodge. Written on the negative is "57-320." (Image note: see related image PGE 57-320-15).

Portland General Electric linemen and woman outside Timberline Lodge

Photograph looking downhill, showing two men in hardhats and a woman standing in the snow. In the distance, the top of the Timberline Lodge is visible, including a decorative weather vane with the Timberline Lodge logo. Next to the three individuals is a ski lift with a wooden stairway and small building. Written on the negative is "57-320."

Portland General Electric linemen and woman outside Timberline Lodge

Photograph looking downhill, showing two men in hardhats and a woman in the snow. One of the men is seated with the woman in the snow, attaching snow shoes to her feet, while she turns and looks at the camera. The other two men can be seen downhill walking towards the Timberline Lodge, which is visible in the distance. A decorative weather vane can be seen on top of the building, and a ski lift and wooden platform are on the right side of the frame. Written on the negative is "57-320."

Portland General Electric linemen on utility pole in front of Mt. Jefferson

Photograph taken from a high angle showing snow covered trees, hills, and Mt. Jefferson in the distance. On the left side of the frame, two linemen can be seen at the top of a utility pole, with other poles visible throughout the image. Written on the negative is "57-320." (Image note: see related image PGE 57-320-9).

Station L, exterior view

Photograph showing the exterior of Station L taken from across the water (now the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) with several buildings visible. The hog fuel pile can be seen on the right, and several loaded barges can be seen next to the docks on the left side of the image. The Willamette River is in the foreground. Part of the image is masked with paper.

Station L

Photograph showing wooden pilings under set in water at Station L (now the location of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry).. Behind the orderly pilings is a raised wooden on which rests several pieces of large equipment. Two men in long jackets can be seen near the center of the frame, in addition to several workers in the background of the image. Written on the glass is “L274.”

Station L, tower support

Photograph showing five men looking at the camera and standing in the metal framework on a support tower in the process of being built. Water and a section of a dock can be seen on the right side of the image, next to a large brick building with several rows of windows. Written on the negative in pencil is “E-301-L-3269, first panel of tower support for cinder collector, Sta. L., May 13 1922.”

Station L, derrick and barge

Photograph taken at Station L (now the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) of hog fuel being unloaded via a derrick from a barge on the Willamette River. The Hawthorne bridge can be seen in the distance, as well as other boats. One person stands on the barge watching a crate being lifted onto the dock.

Station L, hog fuel pile

Photograph taken of the hog fuel pile at Station L (now the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). An unhitched wagon sits at the base of the hill to the right, and a “no trespassing” sign is visible near the center of the frame. In the distance, a person can be seen standing at the top of a pile.

Station L, hog fuel pile

Photograph taken from a high angle of the hog fuel pile at Station L (now the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), looking south. The Willamette River can be seen on the right side of the frame, and two unidentified churches can be seen in the distance.

Station L, boiler room

Photograph showing the boiler room at Station L (now the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). A long row of boiler doors can be seen, and a man in a hat and overalls stands in front of one while looking at the camera. Large metal beams can be seen at the top of the boiler stuctures.

Station L, generators

Photograph taken at Station L (later the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), looking downward at two generators. The far unit is being rewound with visible cable. Pieces of debris can be seen around the room, in addition to possible damage on the back wall. Large windows can be seen along the left wall, and metal plating lines the back wall.

Station L

Photograph of the engine room of Station L (now the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) showing machinery. A person in a white shirt can be seen on the right side of the frame, and the front unit has “General Electric Company” written on it.

Station L

Photograph showing the exterior of Station L (now the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) with several buildings visible. Railroad tracks pass through the front of the frame, and water from the Willamette River can be seen in front of the main stone building.

Station L

Photograph taken at Station L (later the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) taken from a high angle showing wooden pilings over water in the foreground, with piles of cut logs in the distance. Several people can be seen on a wooden structure at the left side of the frame, as well as a group standing on a raised platform cutting logs towards the right side. In the distance, a building on a raised dock structure with a large “Portland Railway, Light & Power Co.” sign can be seen. Written on the glass is “L276.”

Damage from 1964 Christmas Flood, canal

Photograph showing damage to a fenced area due to the 1964 Christmas Flood (likely in the Clackamas River area). An man-made canal can be seen on the right side of the frame, with damaged fencing running along the river to the left. Much of the fencing appears to have fallen downhill towards the rapidly moving river. In the foreground, two men in long jackets face away from the camera. (Image note: see related image PGE 64-606-8.2).

1964 Christmas Flood, spillway

Photograph showing a spillway structure during the 1964 Christmas flood (taken December of 1964). Water can be seen rapidly spilling down the structure, with a small building visible at the far side of the river. High water levels can be seen upriver, in addition to forested hillsides and trees.

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