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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

Old Station A during flood

Photograph taken during a flood in February of 1890, showing an old Station A building in Oregon City surrounded by moving water. In the foreground of the frame a wooden waterwheel is visible. An older paper frame can be seen around the edge of the photograph.

Woman in Canoe on Flooded Street, Portland, Oregon

Black and white photograph of a woman sitting in a canoe in the middle of a flooded street. Men and boys stand in the street and on the sidewalks, many wearing thigh-high rubber boots. A man rides on a horse behind the woman in the canoe, and a pair of horses and a buggy are visible behind him. The water is about a foot deep. The photograph is mounted on a grey mat that was once bound into an album. Handwritten text below the photograph reads "Flood of 1890" and "Lady in Canoe". The photograph was taken in February, 1890, when excessive rain and unusually warm weather caused the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to flood.

View East on Morrison Street from First Street During 1890 Flood, Portland, Oregon

Black and white photograph of Morrison Street (now Southwest Morrison Street), looking west from First Street (now Southwest First Avenue) in Portland, Oregon. A couple inches of water covers the street and people walk along the sidewalks. The Morrison Street Bridge is visible in the background. The photograph is mounted on a grey mat that was once bound into an album. Handwritten text below the photograph reads "Flood of 1890" and "Morrison Street, from First" The photograph was taken in February, 1890, when excessive rain and unusually warm weather caused the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to flood.

View North on Front Street from Morrison Street During 1890 Flood, Portland, Oregon

Black and white photograph looking north on Front Street (now Southwest Naito Parkway) from its intersection with Morrison Street (now Southwest Morrison Street). The photograph shows a street flooded with a few inches of water and lined with buildings being supported by wooden braces. People stand in the ankle-deep water and line the sidewalks on either side. The photograph is mounted on a grey mat that was once bound into an album. Handwritten text below the photograph reads "Flood of 1890" and "Front and Morrison looking north". The photograph was taken in February, 1890, when excessive rain and unusually warm weather caused the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to flood.

Morrison Street Bridge During 1890 Flood, Portland, Oregon

Black and white photograph of the Morrison Street Bridge (now the Morrison Bridge) during the 1890 flood of Portland, Oregon. The photograph is taken from the west bank of the river, looking to the northeast. The water is only a couple feet below the deck of the bridge. The drawbridge is closed, allowing horse and cart traffic to cross. The photograph is mounted on a grey mat that was once bound into an album. Handwritten text below the photograph reads "The Flood of Feb. /90" and "Morrison St. Bridge". The photograph was taken in February, 1890, when excessive rain and unusually warm weather caused the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to flood.

Horse-Drawn Carriage at the Intersection of First Street and Stark Street During 1890 Flood, Portland, Oregon

A black and white photograph of a horse-drawn carriage at the intersection of First Street (now Southwest First Avenue) and Stark Street (now Southwest Harvey Milk Street) during the flood of February, 1890. Flood water covers half of the carriage's wheels and men stand in the water behind it. A man is driving the carriage and another sits in the back with a large, wet dog. On the side of the carriage is text that reads: "U.C. & B.T. Co.", which stands for United Carriage and Baggage Transfer Company. The photograph is mounted on a grey mat that was once bound into an album. Handwritten text below the photograph reads "The Flood of Feb. 1890", "U.C. and B.T. Co. Bus", and "1st and Stark St." The photograph was taken in February, 1890, when excessive rain and unusually warm weather caused the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to flood.

Horse-Drawn Carriage on Front Street Near Morrison Street During 1890 Flood, Portland, Oregon

Black and white photograph of a carriage being pulled by two horses on Front Street (now Southwest Naito Parkway), near its intersection with Morrison Street (now Southwest Morrison Street) in Portland, Oregon. A few inches of water covers the street. Several women sit in the carriage and a man drives it. Men stand on the street and sidewalks in the background. The photograph is mounted on a grey mat that was once bound into an album. Handwritten text below the photograph reads "Flood of /90" and "On Front and Morrison Street" The photograph was taken in February, 1890, when excessive rain and unusually warm weather caused the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to flood.

View South on Front Street from Yamhill Street During 1890 Flood, Portland, Oregon

Black and white photograph looking south on Front Street (now Southwest Naito Parkway) from Yamhill Street (now Southwest Yamhill Street) in Portland, Oregon. The photograph is taken from the center of the street and shows a brick-paved street lined with 2-4 story buildings. The street is partially flooded with a few inches of water and the buildings are being supported by makeshift beams. People are standing on either side of the street and a horse and cart full of milk jugs is parked on the right side of the street. Signs for Saddles & Harness, Furniture, Russell & Co. and E. Cohn & Co. are visible. The photograph is mounted on a grey mat that was once bound into an album. Handwritten text below the photograph reads "The flood of 1890" and "Front St, South from Yamhill". The photograph was taken in February, 1890, when excessive rain and unusually warm weather caused the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to flood.

Men Hunting Ducks on First Street During 1890 Flood, Portland, Oregon

Black and white photograph of a group of men on a flooded First Street (now Southwest First Avenue) between Washington Street (now Southwest Washington Street) and Stark Street (now Southwest Harvey Milk Street) in Portland, Oregon. The men stand in knee-deep water, all looking at four duck decoys in front of them. Two men aim guns at them. Behind them, the Crystal Palace (C.F. Sliter and J.W. McNamara) with the number 104 is visible. The photograph is mounted on a grey mat that was once bound into an album. Handwritten text below the photograph reads "Flood of Feb. 1890" and "Duck Hunting on First St." The photograph was taken in February, 1890, when excessive rain and unusually warm weather caused the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to flood.

View North on First Street from Alder Street During 1890 Flood, Portland, Oregon

Black and white photograph of First Street (now Southwest First Avenue) looking north from Alder Street (now Southwest Alder Street) in Portland, Oregon. The street is lined with 2-4 story buildings and a banner for a Grand Carnival at the Exposition Building is strung across the street. People stand on the sidewalks and a horse and cart travels down the road. One man stands on stilts, others wear rubber boots. Signs for "Baths", "New York Coffee House & Restaurant", "The House Furnisher", and "Telegraphs" are also visible. The photograph is mounted on a grey mat that was once bound into an album. Handwritten text below the photograph reads "Flood of /90" and "First and Alder, looking north." The photograph was taken in February, 1890, when excessive rain and unusually warm weather caused the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to flood.

Railroad Tracks and Flooded Buildings During 1890 Flood, Portland, Oregon

Black and white photograph of railroad tracks and a flooded building. Only the pointed roof of the building is visible. Men stand on the railroad tracks. In the background, other flooded buildings are visible. The photograph is mounted on a grey mat that was once bound into an album. Handwritten text below the photograph reads "Flood of Feb. 1890". The photograph was taken in February, 1890, when excessive rain and unusually warm weather caused the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to flood.

East Portland and Willamette River, Portland, Oregon

Black and white photograph of buildings and railroad tracks in east Portland during the 1890 flood. Floodwater covers most of the train tracks and logs and other debris has piled up beside them. Several buildings are clustered together in the distance. In the background, the Willamette River and Downtown Portland are visible. It is taken from a boardwalk or raised sidewalk. The photograph is mounted on a grey mat that was once bound into an album. Handwritten text below the photograph reads "East Portland, Ore. Feb-5-90". The photograph was taken in February, 1890, when excessive rain and unusually warm weather caused the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to flood.

Cable car, during flood

Photograph showing a cable car during the “Great Flood of Portland” in 1894. Several men and women sit in the car, and four men stand in the water, all looking at the camera. On the right side, a woman and a baby are visible. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame), and the caption reads “Photos, of the Great Flood of Portland, Or. June 4th 1894.” Also on the caption is written “Pro. G. L. Eastman Cor, First and Taylor Streets.”

High water in cottonwoods

A photograph of high water and cottonwood trees in an unidentified location. The negative envelope reads, "Unidentified location Northern Pacific R.R. High Water - Cottonwoods."

Henrichsen, Lars C., 1839-1924

Car driving through flooded area

This photograph depicts two vehicles (one in the background) driving through a flooded area of land. A measuring pole is visible to the left of the road, indicating the height of the rising water.

Wiggins, Donegan Reeder, 1888-1950

Photographs of Vanport, Oregon, circa 1948

  • Org. Lot 1364
  • Collection
  • 1942 - 1948

Photographs of Vanport, Oregon before and after the flood of 1948, including images of Dale Skovgaard and his family, who lived there at the time.

Skovgaard, Dale

Widespread Flooding, Columbia River

Photograph of a helicopter flying over flooding on the Columbia River near The Dalles. Same flooding that caused the Vanport Flood down river. In the background, a flooded building is completely surrounded by water in the Columbia River. In the foreground, railroad tracks disappear underwater. Handwritten note on back indicates this was taken by someone named "Dixon" for the PM Advanced Portrait class. Likely a student at the Northwest School of Photography.

Vanport flood photographs collection, 1948

  • Org. Lot 131
  • Collection
  • 1948

Photographs of the aftermath of the flood that destroyed Vanport, Or. on May 30, 1948. The images depict the damage to buildings, bridges, roadways, and other structures in both Vanport and Portland, Or. Includes postcards and snapshots, as well as photographs taken by the Camera Art Studio of Portland, Or.

Camera Art Studio (Portland, Or.)

Envelope for commemorative photographs of the Vanport flood

An envelope containing commemorative photographs taken during the Vanport flood in 1948. The envelope is white with red lettering that reads, "10 Selected Snapshots 50C. Vanport City, Ore. Destroyed by the Mighty Columbia River. May 30, 1948." Vanport City, once the second largest city in Oregon, was destroyed by a flood on May 30, 1948 when water breached a nearby section of the dike along the Columbia River.

Vanport Photographs

Photographs of the aftermath of the flood that destroyed Vanport, Or. on May 30, 1948. The images depict the damage to buildings, bridges, roadways, and other structures in both Vanport and Portland, Or. Includes postcards and snapshots, as well as photographs taken by the Camera Art Studio of Portland, Or.

Camera Art Studio (Portland, Or.)

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