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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 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.

Railway trestle

Photograph showing two cars on a railway trestle bridge, with the Alice Druhot house visible in the background (1903 SW Cable Street). People sit and stand in the cars while looking at the camera. Behind the trains, dirt hills are visible, with very little foliage. On the side of each train is written “Portland Cable Railway Co” and “Post Office – Court House.” The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame).

River Rill

Photograph showing the Clackamas River in the river Mill area, with numerous “islands” and cliffs. A wooden suspension bridge can be seen spanning two cliffs near the center of the frame, with numerous wooden buildings visible in the distance. Written on the negative is “#58M. 8-12-10.”

River Mill

Photograph looking downstream looking towards the “island,” with a wooden suspension bridge visible. In front of the bridge a blurry man can be seen facing the camera. Beyond the bridge is a small wooden building next to several vertical poles. Written on the negative is “#60M. 10-10.”

River Mill spillway

Photograph showing the construction of the spillway at the River Mill Dam. At the left side of the frame, a portion of a wooden suspension bridge can be seen. Behind, a railroad bridge spans the space between two cliffs, beyond which wooden buildings are visible. Written on the negative is “#84M. 1-28-11.”

River Mill Dam

Photograph showing the left bank of the Clackamas River at the river Mill Dam, taken from the “island.” Near the center of the frame, two men in long jackets stand next to a surveying station. To the left, another man in a hat and jacket looks at the camera. In the distance, men can be seen working on the dam spillway. Written on the negative is “#70M. 11-28-10.”

River Mill, suspension bridge

Photograph showing a suspension bridge over the Clackamas River in near the River Mill dam area. The bridge crosses between two tall cliff faces, beyond which the river can be seen around. Snow is on the ground throughout the image. Written on the negative is “Feb 3, ‘10, PES 2014.”

Unidentified bridge

Photograph of an unidentified trestle bridge crossing a body of shallow water. A train track runs over the bridge. Possibly same bridge as PGE 132-2, identified as running over the Oregon Slough via the Vancouver line.

Bridge over Oregon Slough on Vancouver Line

Photograph of unidentified bridge crossing body of water, with shoreline visible at right side of image. Taken from a straight vantage point looking down the tracks, a train can be seen in the distance, as well as numerous wooden buildings and electric lines. Likely the same bridge shown in PGE 132-1.

Sandy River bridge

Photograph taken to the side of a wooden bridge across the Sandy River. Two men work at the top of the bridge, with two other individuals standing further in the distance. At the base of the bridge is ferns and other plant life.

Vancouvery Ferry at Hayden Island

Photograph showing a ferry at Hayden Island, with a dirt road leading to a loading dock for automobiles and horse-drawn carts. On the ferry is a sign with “City of Vancouver” written on it. The Columbia River can be seen behind the ferry, as well as a metal bridge spanning the water (likely the Burlington Northern Santa Fe bridge 9.6).

Vancouvery Ferry at Hayden Island

Photograph taken from a side angle showing a ferry at Hayden Island on the Columbia River, which appears to be behind a wooden dock. On the ferry is a sign with “City of Vancouver” written on it. Wooden pillars can be seen in the water in front of the ferry, and a bridge is in the distant background ((likely the Burlington Northern Santa Fe bridge 5.1).

Bull Run, Little Sandy Dam bridge

Photograph taken from a high angle showing a bridge over the Little Sandy River during snowfall. In the distance, men can be seen spraying water out of a hose towards the river. On the left side of the bank is a wooden structure surrounded by trees. Is the distance, snowy trees can be seen on a hillside. Written on the negative is “0261.”

Bull Run, Big Sandy bridge

Photograph showing a wooden bridge at the Big Sandy Dam (likely the Marmot Dam). Water is flowing under the bridge, and in the distance several wooden structures and utility poles are visible. Written on the negative is “B.S.4.” (Image note: some discoloration visible at left side of image).

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