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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Photograph of River Mill Dam looking upstream. The powerhouse can be seen to the right of the large dam structure, with a smaller wooden building to the front. In the background, a distant railroad bridge can be seen.
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.”
Photograph showing the exterior of the River Mill Dam powerhouse, likely shortly after construction. Loose hillsides can be seen to the left and right of the building, with transmission lines throughout (image note: corner of glass negative is broken and missing).
Photograph taken from a side angle of the River Mill Dam and powerhouse, showing exterior of building and view of dam structure. Water from the Clackamas River can be seen moving over the dam, and trees and transmission lines are visible in the distance.
Photograph of the interior of the River Mill Dam (Station M) showing generator machinery. Written on the side of the front unit is “General Electric Company.” Three people can be seen in the photo, two of which are looking at the camera.
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.”
Photograph showing a partially completed suspension bridge over the Clackamas river near the River Mill Dam site. Cliffs and trees can be seen throughout the image. Written on the negative is “Dec 22, ‘09 – PES 2009.”
Photograph showing a bridge over the Clackamas River, taken from river level looking upward. In the background, a wooden suspension bridge can be seen across the cliffs behind the larger front bridge. Written on the negative is “Dec 22, ‘09 PRD 2007.”