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Vanport flood photographs collection, 1948

  • Org. Lot 131
  • Collection
  • 1948

Photographs of the aftermath of the flood that destroyed Vanport, Or. on May 30, 1948. The images depict the damage to buildings, bridges, roadways, and other structures in both Vanport and Portland, Or. Includes postcards and snapshots, as well as photographs taken by the Camera Art Studio of Portland, Or.

Camera Art Studio (Portland, Or.)

Vanport Photographs

Photographs of the aftermath of the flood that destroyed Vanport, Or. on May 30, 1948. The images depict the damage to buildings, bridges, roadways, and other structures in both Vanport and Portland, Or. Includes postcards and snapshots, as well as photographs taken by the Camera Art Studio of Portland, Or.

Camera Art Studio (Portland, Or.)

Photographs of Vanport, Oregon, circa 1948

  • Org. Lot 1364
  • Collection
  • 1942 - 1948

Photographs of Vanport, Oregon before and after the flood of 1948, including images of Dale Skovgaard and his family, who lived there at the time.

Skovgaard, Dale

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

Aerial view of flood conditions at Troutdale

An aerial view of a flood on the Sandy River in Troutdale. A bridge over the river, at the Historic Columbia River Highway, can be seen over the river, with flooded buildings visible throughout the frame (negative 2 of 6).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Aerial view of flood water on Columbia River, near Dalles

An aerial view of a flooded Columbia River at the Narrows, east of the Dalles. Swiftly moving water can be seen by rocky outcrops, and flooding two large buildings in the distance. This photograph was published in the Oregon Journal on Tuesday, June 1, 1948 (negative 1 of 21).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Preparing sandbags on the Columbia River

People stacking sandbags next to the Columbia River during a flood, most likely in the Dalles area. The line of sandbags cross a train track, with the river and several industrial buildings visible in the distance (negative 3 of 21).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Preparing sandbags for flood

People stand on a stack of sandbags, in the Dalles, Celilo,or Bonneville area. The men look downward at what appears to be water flowing over the top of the bags (negative 6 of 21).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Military arriving for dike work during flood

Military trucks, holding waving servicemen (Army Corps of Engineers?), drive down a road in the Troutdale area, most likely arriving to do dike work during a flooding event (negative 14 of 16).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Blue Lake and Troutdale dike work during flood

People next to a water boil on a dike near Blue Lake and Troutdale. One man is climbing a utility pole while others water from the ground. The water boil is surrounded by several rings of sandbags (negative 6 of 16).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Envelope for commemorative photographs of the Vanport flood

An envelope containing commemorative photographs taken during the Vanport flood in 1948. The envelope is white with red lettering that reads, "10 Selected Snapshots 50C. Vanport City, Ore. Destroyed by the Mighty Columbia River. May 30, 1948." Vanport City, once the second largest city in Oregon, was destroyed by a flood on May 30, 1948 when water breached a nearby section of the dike along the Columbia River.

Aerial view of the Vanport flood

An aerial photograph of flood waters during the Vanport flood. Several apartment buildings that were lifted from their foundations by the water are visible among other debris in the lower left corner of the image. Vanport City, once the second largest city in Oregon, was destroyed by a flood on May 30, 1948 when water breached a nearby section of the dike along the Columbia River. This photograph was part of a series of selected snapshots of "Vanport City, Ore. Destroyed by the Mighty Columbia River," sold as a set after the flood.

Aerial view of the Vanport flood

An aerial photograph of flood waters during the Vanport flood. Several flooded buildings and the flooded railway bridge are visible in the image. Vanport City, once the second largest city in Oregon, was destroyed by a flood on May 30, 1948 when water breached a nearby section of the dike along the Columbia River. This photograph was part of a series of selected snapshots of "Vanport City, Ore. Destroyed by the Mighty Columbia River," sold as a set after the flood.

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