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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

Columbia River Highway, Oregon.

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the Historic Columbia River Highway running alongside the Columbia River. Taken on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. View looks east up the river. There are clouds in the sky. Handwriting on negative reads, "Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Christian 11-576." There is a scratch on the left of the negative.

Christian (Photographer)

Bonneville Dam - Oregon - Washington

Negative of a photographic postcard showing an aerial view of the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Water rushes out of the spillway gates, also known as floodgates, of the dam. View looks east past the dam and up the river. Handwriting on negative reads, "Bonneville Dam - Oregon - Washington. Christian 11-625." Number printed in bottom right corner: 112189

Christian (Photographer)

Columbia River at Sunset

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a sailboat on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge at sunset. View of both sides of the gorge. Handwriting on negative reads, "Columbia River at Sunset. Christian 11-695." The original photograph for this postcard was taken by Fred H. Kiser c. 1904.

Christian (Photographer)

The Peaceful Columbia River

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a sailboat on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Large mountains of the Cascade Range in the background. Handwriting on negative reads, "The Peaceful Columbia River. Christian 11-701." There are scratches near the top of the negative.

Christian (Photographer)

Crown Point - Vista House - Columbia River, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the Vista House at Crown Point in the Columbia River Gorge. Looking northeast, with a view of the Washington Cascades and the Columbia River. Handwriting on negative reads, "Crown Point - Vista House - Columbia River, Ore. Christian 11-702." There are scratches near the top of the negative.

Christian (Photographer)

Sunset at Crown Point. Columbia River Highway.

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a view of a sunset from Crown Point in the Columbia River Gorge. View looking west down the Columbia River. Clouds in the sky are illuminated by the sun. Handwriting on negative reads, "Sunset at Crown Point. Columbia River Highway. Christian 11-743."

Christian (Photographer)

Columbia River Highway

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a portion of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Taken from above the highway, looking east up the Columbia River Gorge. There is a viewpoint on the highway. Handwriting on negative reads, "Columbia River Highway. Christian 11-748."

Christian (Photographer)

Interstate Bridge. Hood River, Oregon to White Salmon, Washington.

Negative of a composite photograph showing the Hood River Bridge over the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Looking south from White Salmon, Washington towards Hood River, Oregon. Snow-capped Mount Hood is in the background. The clouds in the sky were added from a different photograph. Handwriting on negative reads, "Interstate Bridge. Hood River, Ore. to White Salmon, Wn. Christian 11-754." Negative is discolored.

Christian (Photographer)

Crown Point. Columbia River - Oregon.

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the Vista House at Crown Point in the Columbia River Gorge. View looking east at the Vista House, with the gorge and the Columbia River in the background. Handwriting on negative reads, "Crown Point. Columbia River - Ore. Christian 11-759."

Christian (Photographer)

Columbia River - Silver Star Mountain

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a view in the Columbia River Gorge. Taken on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, and looking north across the Columbia River toward mountains in Washington. A portion of the Historic Columbia River Highway is in the left foreground, and a large, windswept tree stands prominently left of center. Handwriting on negative reads, "Columbia River - Silver Star Mountain. Christian 11-777."

Christian (Photographer)

Sunset Columbia River

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a silhouetted couple watching the sunset on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from a bluff overlooking the river. Handwriting on negative reads, "Sunset Columbia River. Christian 11-814."

Christian (Photographer)

Columbia River Highway between Biggs and Arlington

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a portion of the Columbia River Highway between Biggs Junction and Arlington, Oregon. The road runs along the base of a mountain. The Columbia River is on the right. Handwriting on negative reads, "Columbia Riv. Hwy. between Biggs - Arlington. Christian 11-908."

Christian (Photographer)

View from The Dalles Scenic Drive

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a view of a small town, possibly The Dalles, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. Taken from a hill overlooking the town. Handwriting on negative reads, "View from The Dalles Scenic Drive. Christian 11-918." The top right of the image has been cut off.

Christian (Photographer)

Mouth of John Day River - Mt. Hood in Distance

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the confluence of the John Day River and the Columbia River in Oregon. View west down the Columbia River and Mount Hood in the distance. A railroad bridge crosses the John Day River, though the river itself is not visible. There are railroad tracks in the foreground. Handwriting on negative reads, "Mouth of John Day Riv. - Mt. Hood in distance. Christian 11-998."

Christian (Photographer)

Columbia River Highway - Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the Historic Columbia River Highway alongside the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from the side of the highway on the Oregon side of the Gorge. Beacon Rock is visible. Handwriting on negative reads, "Columbia River Highway - Oregon. Christian 11-5006."

Christian (Photographer)

Columbia River Highway

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a portion of the Columbia River Highway next to the Columbia River. Taken from the shoulder of the highway, looking east towards an exit marked, "Columbia River Highway Scenic Route, Bridal Veil." Several automobiles drive on the highway.

Sunset Columbia River Highway - Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a portion of the Columbia River Gorge, taken from the Historic Columbia River Highway. A section of the highway rounds a bend in the foreground. Handwriting on negative reads, "Sunset Columbia River Highway - Oregon. Christian 11-662."

Christian (Photographer)

Flattop Mountain - Columbia River

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a view of a mountain across the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from the Oregon side and looking towards the mountain in Washington state. Handwriting on negative reads, "Flattop Mountain - Columbia River. Christian 11-666."

Christian (Photographer)

View from The Dalles Scenic Drive

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a view of the east end of the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from a hill on the Oregon side of the gorge, looking across the Columbia River toward Washington. Parts of a town, possibly The Dalles, are visible through the trees at the base of the hill. Handwriting on negative reads, "View from The Dalles Scenic Drive. Christian 11-929."

Christian (Photographer)

Nearing Umatilla, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a road approaching Umatilla, Oregon. Some buildings in Umatilla and the Columbia River are visible in the distance. Handwriting on negative reads, "Nearing Umatilla, Oregon. Christian 11-975."

Christian (Photographer)

Entering Hood River, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the town of Hood River on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from a road above the town. The view includes mountains on the Washington side of the gorge. Handwriting on negative reads, "Entering Hood River, Oregon. Christian 11-994." Handwritten note on envelope indicates this was taken in 1959.

Christian (Photographer)

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