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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 with wooden beams. Copy made April 16, 1915.

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 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, electrical units and pipes

Photograph showing a large electrical unit (generator?) at Station L (now Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). On the left side of the frame is a wooden crate and wooden boards. Written on the negative is “4-19-21.” (Image note: see related image PGE-12-72, PGE 12-76, PGE 12-77).

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.

Horse car

Photograph showing a small horse street car, with “Columbia Land Improvement Co.” written on the side. The car sits on a track on a wooden platform. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame) with the caption “Horse Car.”

Car #1359

Photograph of train car #1359, Standard Gauge Paye Motor Car, partway under a building facade. Multiple electric lines pass overhead. “Sellwood” is displayed at front of train.

Wrecking building and cars

Photograph showing a wrecked building with street cars in the debris. Several men stand on top of one of the cars while looking at the camera. A large pile of building debris surrounds the cars, and other buildings can be seen in the background. The photograph is a reproduction of a printed image.

Mount Tabor Railway

Photograph showing a group of people posing with four railroad trains. All the individuals are looking at the camera, and a train garage building can be seen in the background. On the left side of the image, a man holds a baby in front of the train with “4” painted on. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame).

Horse cars

Photograph showing multiple horse-drawn streets cars, shown in front of a building. People stand near the cars while looking at the camera, and at least one horse can be seen, attached to the first car. Written on the side of the cars is “W.B.BT Co.” The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame) with the caption “In the Old Street Car Days.”

Car #700, Sellwood

Photograph of street car #700, with conductor standing at front window pointing straight. Written on the front of the train is a sign saying “Portland Car Service is Unsurpassed,” and “Sellwood” is indicated at the top. A small kiosk building is visible on the right side of the frame. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame), with the caption “Modern P-A-Y-E Car.”

Train #1404

Photograph showing train #1404, parked on tracks. On the side of the train is written “The Portland Railway Light & Power Co.” Stacks of pipes can be seen in the background on the left side of the frame.

Train car #309

Photograph showing train car #309 in front of a multi-story wooden building, with numerous tracks seen on the road in front of the car. Gated entrances are on the front and back of the car.

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).

Woman getting on twin train

Photograph showing a women getting on a twin car train. The woman is wearing a hat with a veil and a striped dress. To either side of the woman, two other attached cars are separated by safety gates. (Image note: top left corner of glass negative is broken).

Work train #927

Photograph showing work train #927 in front of a two-story wooden building. On the left side of the image, a brick drugstore can be seen. What appears to be a rope and pulley system are visible on the train car.

Man speaking to group

Photograph showing a man speaking into a microphone while standing in front of a group of seated individuals. The room is wood paneled, and a roll-down screen can be screen can be seen next to the man. Written on the negative is "49-118." (Image note: see related image PGE 49-117).

Salem at night

Photograph looking south on Commercial Street, taken with a long exposure at night. On the left side, the Greenbaum Building can be seen, now at 240-254 Commercial Street NE. Light streaks from vehicles can be seen on the street. On the negative is written "49-138." (Image note: see related Image PGE 49-97).

Men working on river

Photograph showing men working along an unidentified river (possibly the Columbia River). Three men can be seen along the top of a wooden wall, while two others stand on a wooden board at water level. The top of a diving helmet can be seen in the water. In the background is a cliff, and a transmission tower can be seen in the distance. Written on the side of the negative is "49-154." (image note: see related images PGE 49-161, PGE 49-170, PGE 49-172, PGE 49-174, PGE 49-175, PGE 49-178, PGE 49-184, PGE 49-185).

Waterfalls on Columbia River?

Photograph showing flowing waterfalls on an unidentified river (possibly the Columbia River?). Behind the waterfalls, possible dam infrastructure can be seen. In the background, more rocky cliffs can be seen, as well as a road and electrical lines. Written on the side of the negative is "49-170." (Image note: see related images PGE 49-154, PGE 49-161, PGE 49-172, PGE 49-174, PGE 49-175, PGE 49-178, PGE 49-184, PGE 49-185).

Men working under dam structure, Columbia River?

Photograph showing men working underneath a dam structure using a hose and pump. Layers of rock and silt can be seen in front of the men, with a large piece of basalt at the bottom of the frame. Written on the negative is "49-184." (Image note: see likely related images PGE 49-154, PGE 49-161, PGE 49-170, PGE 49-172, PGE 49-174, PGE 49-175, PGE 49-178, PGE 49-185).

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