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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

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.”

Night crew at Sellwood car barn

Photograph showing a night crew at the Sellwood car barn, with car #1093. The group is looking at the camera while standing in front of the train car. Two men stand on a step in the doorway, while others stand at ground level. All men are wearing work clothes, including either jackets or overalls.

Group with train car #1500

Photograph showing men and women with train car #1500. The train is on a hillside, and a small wooden platform is visible at the front. One man sits on the platform, while the others stand in a line behind him. A train conductor is visible on the right side of the train in a window. The women wear dresses and large hats.

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 #78

Photograph showing train car #78 for the Portland Consolidated Railway Company, seen in in front of several wooden houses on a residential street. Numerous tracks can be seen on the road in front of the car, and the attached electric lines are visible above. One half of the car is enclosed, while the other is open-air.

Train car #149

Photograph showing train car #149 seen in in front of several wooden houses on a residential street. Numerous tracks can be seen on the road in front of the car, and the attached electric lines are visible above. One half of the car is enclosed, while the other is open-air. The sign on the front of the car reads “East Ankeny St.”

Train car #921

Photograph showing train car #921 of the Portland Railway Company, seen in front of a two-story wooden building. On the right side of the image, another car can be seen on a side street. The front and back of the car is open platform, with a covered area in the middle.

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.

Men at turntable with horse-drawn car

Photograph of a street car on a turntable, showing two men looking at the camera. A sign attached to the front of the car states “This Car Direct to City Park” and on the top of the car is written “Alder, Fifth, Jefferson, and Chapman.” One man wears a hat and overalls, while the other is wearing a hat and a black uniform. The turntable is wooden. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame) with the caption “Dave Hunt at the Turn Table. Taken 15 years ago.”

Cable car at Chapman and Jefferson

Photograph showing cable car function at Jefferson and Chapman. Three cable cars and numerous individuals are visible. In the background, several wooden houses can be seen. On the front of the center car is written “Portland Heights” and on the side of the rightmost train “Alder, Fifth, Jefferson, and Chapman.” The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame) with the caption “Junction Pt. At Chapman and Jefferson 15 years ago – All cable cars.”

Observation train car

Photograph of a sightseeing car seen on a city street. On the car is written “Observation car ‘Seeing Portland’” and “Daily Washington and Fifth Streets.” On the right side of the image, a lighted sign for Hotel Del Majo can be seen.

Portland Cable Railway, Portland Heights trestle

Photograph showing a trestle cable car from the Portland Cable Railway. A large trestle is seen on a steep hillside, with wooden houses in the foreground. Two cars can be seen on the wooden structure. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen in the frame), with caption “Scene from the cable RY. trestle on Portland Heights 1892.”

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).

Cable car

Photograph showing a cable car, with four men looking at the camera. Two of the men stand on the train while two stand in front. A large sign behind the train reads “Henry the Fourth, Choicest Havana Cigars.” On the side of the train is written “Portland Railway Company” and “Alder, Fifth, Jefferson and Chapman Sts.” The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame)

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.

Portland Cable Railway, Portland Heights

Photograph showing people standing in front of a Portland Cable Railway car, with “Alder, Fifth, Jefferson and Fifteenth St”written on the side. A child is visible on the right side of the image, and two men in conductor uniforms are in the center. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen in the frame), with caption “ A cable car scene taken on Portland Heights. J.G. Mann in his palmy days.”

Train car at Bull Run

Photograph of train car and passengers, taken at Bull Run. The name “Portland” is written on the side of the train. Several individuals have picnic baskets, with men lined up in front of the train and women and children posing behind railing. Trees, telephone poles, and a wooden building can be seen in the background.

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