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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

River Mill Dam, potential site

Photograph looking downhill at the Clackamas River, at a potential future dam site for the River Mill Dam. Several cut trees can be seen on the closest hillside, and a rocky ledge is visible across the river. Written on the negative is “Dec 22, ‘09, PES 2013.”

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, potential site

Photograph looking across the Clackamas River, of a potential dam site for the future River Mill Dam. A rocky cliff-face can be seen across the water, as well as tree at the top of the frame. Written on the negative is “Oct 22, ‘09, PES #2004.”

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.”

River Mill, right channel

Photograph showing the Clackamas River in the river Mill area, with numerous “islands” and cliffs. In the distance, a railroad track crossing a bridge is visible. Cut trees can be seen at the right side of the frame. Written on the negative is “#M56. 8-1910.”

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.

Oregon City paper mills

Photograph taken at a high vantage point, looking north, of paper mills in Oregon City, showing railroad tracks and the Willamette River. The Oregon City Bridge (Arch Bridge) can be seen in the distance crossing the river. Industrial buildings line the river on the opposite banks. Written on the top of a building is a large sign with “Crown Willamette Paper Company” and “Hawley Pulp and Paper Company.”

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, Big Sandy dam construction

Photograph showing construction at the Big Sandy Dam (likely the Marmot Dam). In the foreground, two men stand on top of the wooden spillway structure, while other works can be seen in the background towards the hillside. Gravel and more wood can be seen towards the top of the hill. Written on the image is B.S-37.”

Bull Run, Big Sandy dam construction

Photograph showing construction at the Big Sandy Dam (likely the Marmot Dam). Several men can be seen standing on the wooden structure at the center of the frame. In the background, a wooden bridge crosses the river, surrounded by trees. Written on the image is B.S-19.”

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