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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

River Mill spillway

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.”

River Mill Dam

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.”