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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Photograph showing an industrial area with buildings, trains, and electric lines. In the middle of the frame, a dirt road can be seen curving to the right around a large pile of dirt. The utility poles feature multi-tier electric lines throughout the frame. Written on the negative is "50-507."