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 showing a train car from the Willamette Falls Railway on a railroad track, with trees and a wooded hillside in the background. Several people look out open windows, and a man stands on a step at the back of the train.
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.
Photograph showing a group of people posing with four railroad trains. All the individuals are looking at the camera, and a train garage building can be seen in the background. On the left side of the image, a man holds a baby in front of the train with “4” painted on. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame).
Photograph of a steam dummy train at East 6th St and Morrison St from the Willamette Bridge Railway Company. On the side of the first car is written “Mount Tabor.” Several men and a group of children look at the camera. A church building can be seen in the background.
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.
Photograph showing a train with a group of people, looking at the camera. Several of the individuals are standing in front of the train, while others sit in the open-air car. A building can be seen on the right side of the frame, and a forested hill is visible in the background. The photograph is a reproduction of an image, with an ornate frame visible around the edges. (Image note: glass negative is cracked at upper right corner).
Photograph showing railroad cars at the Sunnyside terminus of the Willamette Bridge Railway Company’s motor line, two miles from Portland. Men sit and stand on the train cars while looking at the camera. The first two trains are enclosed models, while the last is open air. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame).
Photograph of locomotive #112, with forested hillside in the background. A small structure can be seen in the background. Written on the side of the train is “O.W.P & Ry. Co.” (Oregon Water Power and Railway Company).
Photograph showing the Estacada Hotel, with a train and large crowd of people in front. Many of the people are faced forward towards the camera, many of which are children. The building is two-stores, with decorative awnings on the windows. In the background is small forested hill. Signs with “The Estacada” are visible on the front and side of the building. The image is a duplication of another photograph, which is appears to be attached to a surface.
Photograph showing the first train to enter St. Johns in North Portland. Several men stand next to a train engine with one attached car. Around the train is wooden debris on the ground, with trees and a small building in the distance. (Image note: glass negative is cracked at upper left corner). The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame.
Photograph of unidentified bridge crossing body of water, with shoreline visible at right side of image. Taken from a straight vantage point looking down the tracks, a train can be seen in the distance, as well as numerous wooden buildings and electric lines. Likely the same bridge shown in PGE 132-1.
Photograph of a train crossing the Sandy River bridge at Dodge Park, Bull Run. A total of eight passenger train cars can be seen crossing the trestle bridge, under which river rocks and water can be seen.
Photograph of a Marion Steam Shovel cutting through a loose dirt hillside. Trees and stumps are visible at the edge of the hill. Men pose with the steam shovel while looking at the camera. On the side of the machine is written “Marion, C.J. Cook Co., Portland Oregon.”
Photograph of train cars with cord wood, waiting on track. Five individuals can be seen standing at the head of the train, next to sign post and wooden building. Trees and power lines can be seen behind the train.
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.
Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Blazing the Trail of Steel” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes two seated women in front of a train, which is emerging from a lighted tunnel. Several individuals can be seen standing on either side of the float, all of which are slightly out of focus due to exposure.
Photograph of the Cazadero flume at generating Station G, showing air compressor and pipelines weld, in placing concrete for new bents. Several cars can be seen on a railroad track, and the flume can be seen running along the right side of the frame.
Photograph of a depot and substation at Beaver Creek for the Willamette Valley Southern Railway Company (W.V.S.RY). A sign on the building says “Beaver Creek,” and a train with logs can be seen on the a railroad track just beyond the building. People stand next to the station looking at the camera. Two other wooden structures can be seen to the left of the building.
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.