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Scene of fire at Pacific Telephone & Telegraph exchange building, West Park and Alder streets, Portland

Photograph showing firefighters and others standing among fire hoses in the outside the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph exchange building at Alder and West Park streets (now Southwest Alder Street and Southwest Park Avenue) in Portland. A cropped version of this photograph was one of four that were published on the front page of the Oregon Journal city edition on Friday, May 8, 1925, under the headline “Here Is Fire Which Paralyzed City.” The photographs had the following caption: “Photographs of this afternoon’s blaze in the Telephone building at West Park and Alder streets, which brought home to thousands how dependent they are on telephones.” This photograph had the following additional caption information: “Lines of hoses littering the streets in the vicinity.” The photographs accompanied a story headlined “Telephone Service Paralyzed by Blaze; Damage is $150,000.” The story reported: “Telephone service in the downtown district south of Washington street was completely paralyzed today, shortly after noon, when fire broke out in the basement of the Main-Atwater exchange of the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company, West Park and Alder streets. The fire, which is believed to have been caused by a short circuit in the multiple switch box, was confined to the basement of the building and lay like a pall over the surrounding blocks of the business district. The estimated damage to the apparatus and building, which is valued at $600,000, is in excess of $150,000.”

Oral history interview with Rhoda R. Madden

  • SR 9398
  • Collection
  • 1976-11-09

This oral history interview with Rhoda R. Madden was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on November 9, 1976, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, Madden discusses her family background and early life in Portland. She talks about her recreational activities during her teens and 20s in the early 20th century, particularly camping. She discusses her involvement with the Portland Town Club, talks about running a dance school, and describes attending parties held by wealthy Portland residents.

Madden, Rhoda R. (Rhoda Rumelin), 1895-1983

Oral history interview with Rhoda R. Madden [Sound Recording 02]

Tape 1, Side 2. This oral history interview with Rhoda R. Madden was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on November 9, 1976, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, Madden discusses her family background and early life in Portland. She talks about her recreational activities during her teens and 20s in the early 20th century, particularly camping. She discusses her involvement with the Portland Town Club, talks about running a dance school, and describes attending parties held by wealthy Portland residents.

Madden, Rhoda R. (Rhoda Rumelin), 1895-1983

Oral history interview with Rhoda R. Madden [Sound Recording 01]

Tape 1, Side 1. This oral history interview with Rhoda R. Madden was conducted by Charles Digregorio at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on November 9, 1976, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library.

In this interview, Madden discusses her family background and early life in Portland. She talks about her recreational activities during her teens and 20s in the early 20th century, particularly camping. She discusses her involvement with the Portland Town Club, talks about running a dance school, and describes attending parties held by wealthy Portland residents.

Madden, Rhoda R. (Rhoda Rumelin), 1895-1983

Oral history interview with Nancy E. Stevens

  • SR 9386
  • Collection
  • 1981-01-29

This oral history interview with Nancy E. Stevens was conducted by Dale Archibald, Susan Horton, and Robert Keeler at Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview, Oregon, on January 29, 1981. Susan Horton was also recording video at the time of the interview.

In this interview, Stevens directs a driving tour of Blue Lake Park. She uses a 1930 U.S. Geographic Survey map to point out the former locations of buildings, piers, and Native sites. She talks about her childhood on the land when it was owned by her family, including fishing in the lake and people who lived in the area. They all also discuss Multnomah County's plans for the park.

Stevens, Nancy E. (Nancy Elizabeth), 1923-2021

Oral history interview with Nancy E. Stevens [Sound Recording]

Tape 1, Side 1. This oral history interview with Nancy E. Stevens was conducted by Dale Archibald, Susan Horton, and Robert Keeler at Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview, Oregon, on January 29, 1981. Susan Horton was also recording video at the time of the interview.

In this interview, Stevens directs a driving tour of Blue Lake Park. She uses a 1930 U.S. Geographic Survey map to point out the former locations of buildings, piers, and Native sites. She talks about her childhood on the land when it was owned by her family, including fishing in the lake and people who lived in the area. They all also discuss Multnomah County's plans for the park.

Stevens, Nancy E. (Nancy Elizabeth), 1923-2021

Map of Henry Miller's overland journey to Oregon, circa 1852

A hand drawn map showing Henry Miller's route from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to Oregon. The map includes notations about significant events or landmarks encountered on the trail. Diaries and other papers of Henry Miller are designated Mss 24 in the Oregon Historical Society research library.

Miller, Henry, 1814-1894

Residential Street in North Portland

This photograph depicts the exterior of the Peninsula School at the original location on Lombard in North Portland. The third floor was removed in 1936 due to fire damage. Trolley tracks are visible on the street outside the school; at the time this photograph was taken, the trolley would have been operated by the Portland Railway, Light and Power Company.

Buildings in North Portland

This photograph depicts an outdoor scene, likely taken at Peninsula Park in North Portland. A streetlight stands at the right, with various buildings are visible in the background. "Alfred A. Aya, Industrial Agent / Peninsula Industrial District / Corbett Building, Portland, Oregon" is stamped on the back of the photo.

Map of Peninsula Industrial District

This photograph is a copy of a map displaying the Peninsula Industrial district in North Portland. A note on the photograph describes the area; "Area 2500 acres - Served by five transcontinental railroads and deep water to the sea - Last year's business for the district $116,000,000.00 - Over 6,500,000 passengers cross here annually."

National Tank and Pipe Company

This photograph depicts the exteriors of several National Tank and Pipe Company buildings in the Peninsula Industrial District in North Portland. Train tracks run in front of the factory, with a train entering the image on the right. Stacks of lumber stand around the buildings. The National Tank and Pipe Company manufactured wooden pipes, tanks and flumes.

Coast Culvert and Flume Company

This photograph depicts the front exterior of the Coast Culvert and Flume Company buildings located in the Peninsula Industrial district in North Portland. Two buildings feature product advertisements painted on the front; the building on the left advertises "Smooth pipe for water and irrigation systems, irrigation supplies, smokestacks, grain bins, tanks and troughs, metal specialties." The buildings on the right advertises "Water pipe, water tanks, and smoke stacks, irrigation pipe, head gates and syphons." Both buildings have the Armco logo, which is a manufacturer of industrial grade corrugated steel. A dirt road, wooden footpath and train tracks are in the foreground of the photograph, and a Ford Model T vehicle is parked in front.

View of industrial plants from Derby Street Viaduct

This photograph depicts various buildings that were photographed from the Derby Street viaduct in the Peninsula Industrial district. The Pacific Cement Pipe Company is prominently featured in the photo. In the background, from left to right, are a Feed and Coal company, National Tank and Pipe company, and the Portland Stone Works company. Train tracks bisect the area between the buildings.

The View Restaurant

This photograph depicts a street scene outside The View Restaurant and Kenton Mercantile Company in North Portland. Multiple Model T Fords are parked on the street, and a trolley is visible in the background. The trolley ran down Denver Avenue, and this is likely the intersection of Denver Avenue and Kilpatrick Street. The building with rounded windows in the background is the Kenton Bank Building, located at 8203 North Denver Avenue. At the time this photograph was taken, the trolley would have been operated by the Portland Railway, Light and Power Company.

Swift Avenue North Portland

This photograph depicts an exterior view of the Livestock Exchange on Swift Avenue in North Portland. Smokestacks and a water tower displaying "Portland Union Stockyards" are visible in the background, along with two vehicles and train tracks.

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