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Wrecking building and cars

Photograph showing a wrecked building with street cars in the debris. Several men stand on top of one of the cars while looking at the camera. A large pile of building debris surrounds the cars, and other buildings can be seen in the background. The photograph is a reproduction of a printed image.

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.

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).

Trolley and tracks with Sellwood car

Street scene with train and pedestrians. Signage on the train indicates “Sellwood” “East Moreland and Reed College” and a bridge appears in the background (potentially Hawthorne Bridge). Storefronts for business as hotels visible, such as “Hotel Wyoming” and “Palace Laundry”.

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 #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 #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.

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.”

Silver thaw, East Glisan near East 39th Avenue

Photograph showing a group of people with a street car after a snow fall. The people are using tools and shovels to clear snow around the street car train, which is attached to an electric line above. On the side of the train is “P.R.L & P. Co.” Ice laden electric lines can be seen above and around the train, with buildings visible in the background.

Railway trestle

Photograph showing two cars on a railway trestle bridge, with the Alice Druhot house visible in the background (1903 SW Cable Street). People sit and stand in the cars while looking at the camera. Behind the trains, dirt hills are visible, with very little foliage. On the side of each train is written “Portland Cable Railway Co” and “Post Office – Court House.” The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame).

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

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.”

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.”

Piedmont car barns at North Killingsworth Street and North Mississippi Avenue

Street view of Piedmont car barn building at North Killingsworth Street and North Mississippi Avenue, showing two individuals in suits standing in front. A packed dirt street runs in front of the building, with a white wooden building seen on the right side. Numerous wooden poles and power lines can be seen throughout the image, as well as a wooden water tower in the distance.

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.

Night view, Broadway

Photograph taken at night, looking south on SW Broadway taken near the intersection with SW Taylor St. Electric lights and signs line the street, with street car tracks and parked automobiles. A large lighted sign is strung across the street with “Hotel Oregon” written.

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.

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.”

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