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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

Sternwheeler Bailey Gatzert passes Multnomah Falls on the Columbia River

Photograph showing the sternwheeler Bailey Gatzert on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Multnomah Falls is in the background on the Oregon side of the Gorge. Handwritten note on the back reads, "S.S. Bailey Gatzert passing Multnomah Falls." Second handwritten note reads, "Return to Traffic Dept., SP&S." Stamp on the back for Beaver Engraving Co.

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

Viewing Celilo Falls, Columbia River

Photograph of a Native American person standing on a rock overlooking Celilo Falls on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Large rapids flow past the rock and there is a cloud of mist above the water. The person wears a hat and their back is turned to the camera as they face the river. Taken looking towards the mountains on the Washington side of the river. Stamp at the bottom of the print indicates a 1907 copyright notice for Benjamin A. Gifford. Stamp on the back reads, "Photo Copyright R.I. Gifford."

Gifford, Benjamin A.

View of Mount Hood Across the Columbia River

Photograph of a view of Mount Hood across of the Columbia River. Taken from the area around White Salmon and Underwood on the Washington side of the river, looking south toward Hood River, Oregon and the mountain in the background. There are trees on a steep embankment in the foreground. Handwriting on the back of the print reads, "Mt. Hood & Columbia River from White Salmon - Underwood, Wash. SP&S Ry."

SP&S train passing a docked ship

Photograph of an SP&S train traveling next to a large body of water, possibly the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. The train passes a port where a ship is docked. The ship's masts have all been taken down. Stamp on the back of the print reads, "Credit line: Weister Co., Portland, Ore."

Weister Company

Dairy farm near Vancouver, Washington

Photograph showing a view of a dairy farm near Vancouver, Washington. View includes a farmhouse, barn and grazing cattle. A woman and child stand in the garden in front of the farmhouse. Three horses and buggies are visible in the photograph. The North Bank Railroad runs behind the farm. The Columbia River flows in the background. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "S.D. Durgan Dairy farm 1 mile east of Vancouver, Wash. North Bank R.R. showing in picture."

View of the Columbia River and Mount Hood

Photograph showing a view of Mount Hood across the Columbia River. Taken from the Washington side of the river and looking south toward Oregon. The sun shines down on Mount Hood. There is an island in the river in the foreground. Stamp on the front of the print indicates a copyright by Kiser Photo Co., for a date between 1900-1909. Handwriting on the back of the print reads, "Columbia River and Mt. Hood, Oregon."

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

View of Rooster Rock in Columbia River Gorge

Photograph showing a view looking east up the Columbia River Gorge. Rooster Rock is in the foreground and the Rooster Rock Cannery is visible through the trees on the lower right. Taken from a nearby hillside. Stamp on the back for Kiser's Studio. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "Lower Columbia River near Westport, Ore. SP&S Ry." [This note is incorrect. This image portrays the Columbia River Gorge, not Westport, Oregon.]

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

Sheridan Point, Prior to Railroad Construction

Photograph of Sheridan Point on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, showing where Portland & Seattle Railway plans to construct a railroad. The Columbia River and the Oregon side of the gorge are visible on the right. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Sheridans Point, Columbia River, showing where the P&S Ry. is to be built.

SP&S Eastbound Train Along Columbia River at Beacon Rock, Washington

Photograph of an SP&S train traveling eastbound along the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. The train passes in front of Beacon Rock. Taken from the Oregon side of the river, looking north across the river. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "File No. 26 - SP&S eastbound train along Columbia River at Beacon Rock."

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

Shaver Transportation Company transporting logs

Photograph showing a boat belonging to the Shaver Transportation Company alongside a large cradle of logs in a river. The logs are bound together by chains. Handwritten notes on the back of the print read, "Shaver Trans. Co." and "Cradle of logs." Stamp on the back for L.W. Jones, Commercial Photographer, Portland, Oregon.

Jones, Lynds W., 1878-

Cradle of logs on river

Photograph showing 2 boats transporting a large cradle of logs on a river. The boat on the right belongs to the Shaver Transportation Company. Taken from the cradle, likely on the Columbia River. In the distance, 3 people stand on the end of the cradle. Stamp on the back for L.W. Jones, Commercial Photographer, Portland, Oregon.

Jones, Lynds W., 1878-

Finishing Station 1515, Carson, Washington

Photograph of 4 railroad construction workers working in a trench at the base of a graded hillside in Carson, Washington. They work next to a track that transports construction materials. To the right is the Columbia River and a view of a large mountain on the Washington side of the gorge. Handwriting on the bottom of the print reads, "1516, Finishing Station 1515, June 23 '06, P.&S. Ry." Handwriting on the back reads, "Carson Landing."

Railroad Bridge Under Construction

Photograph of a work train crossing a railroad bridge that is under construction. Taken from the bank of a river, looking up at the bridge. Wooden planks for construction float in the water in the foreground. Handwritten note at the bottom of the print reads, "Sep 12 - 07, First work train."

Fishwheel on the Columbia River, Oregon

Photograph of a fishwheel on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Two sets of railroad tracks pass the fishwheel. Taken from the Oregon side of the gorge, looking across the Columbia River at a large mountain in Washington in the background. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Oregon side, North Columbia River Fish Wheel (Trap)" Stamps on the front and back of the print indicate a 1909 copyright by Kiser Photo Co. for SP&S Railway.

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

Fishwheel on the Columbia River, Oregon

Photograph of a fishwheel on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from the Oregon side of the river, looking west. A large mountain is visible across the river in Washington. Handwriting on the back of the print reads, "Fish Wheel at Moffetts (Bonneville Dam)." Stamps on the front and the back of the print indicate a 1909 copyright by Kiser Photo Co. for SP&S Ry.

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

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