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Sheridan Point, Prior to Railroad Construction

Photograph of Sheridan Point on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, showing where Portland & Seattle Railway plans to construct a railroad. The Columbia River and the Oregon side of the gorge are visible on the right. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Sheridans Point, Columbia River, showing where the P&S Ry. is to be built.

Tunnel at Drano, Columbia River Gorge

Photograph of a railroad tunnel being constructed through a large rock face on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. The opening of the tunnel is blocked by a large pile of rocks and debris. Handwritten label at the bottom of the print reads, "SPS, 959-40. Tunnel at Drano, Looking East. P&S Ry."

Rock Cut for Railroad Construction

Photograph of railroad construction workers standing in an unfinished rock cut. Steep rock cliffs rise all around them and one person stands on the cliff above them. Railroad tracks, still under construction, end at the rock face behind the workers. Taken on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Rock cut at 1488." Second note reads, "MP 52.5 near Carson, tracks at left to river's landing."

Railroad Construction Crew & Homesteaders near Carson, Washington

Photograph of 2 groups of men facing each other at a railroad construction site on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. The men on the left stand around a railroad track under construction and watch as a construction worker clears the land. The men on the right appear to be construction workers, and they look up at the other group. Homesteads are visible in the background. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Troubles between the P. & S. and C. Valley men at Carson, Wash." Second note reads, "Near Monaghan Homestead. Return to Traffic Dept., SP.S Ry."

Railroad Construction near Carson, Washington

Photograph of a large pile of rock and debris formed by a blast at a railroad construction site on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. On the right, a person stands on the edge of a cliff, above the debris. A railroad is visible behind the debris. There is a large rock formation behind the railroad on the left. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Shot from 400 kegs powder at 'Briton's Peak' Smith Creek near Carson landing."

Blast for Railroad Construction in Columbia River Gorge

Photograph of an explosion conducted by Portland & Seattle Railway to clear way for the construction of a railroad on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. The explosion sends dirt and debris into the air out of the base of a mountain. The Columbia River and the Oregon side of the gorge are visible in the background. Handwritten label at the bottom of the print reads, "Firing 30 Ton Blast Cooks, 1906, P. & S. Ry., June 13, 10:35am, 1300 feet away."

Rock Cut for Railroad Construction

Photograph of 4 railroad construction workers standing in an unfinished rock cut. Steep rock cliffs rise all around them. Railroad tracks, still under construction, end at the rock face behind them. Taken on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Rock cut at 1488 near Carson landing." Second note reads, "Return to Traffic Dept., SP.S Ry."

Train in the Columbia River Gorge

Photograph of a westbound train traveling on the Washington side of the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. The train has a steam locomotive and has just traveled through a tunnel. To the right of the train, view looks east up the river and both sides of the gorge are visible. There is some snow on the ground. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "Westbound SP&S train along Columbia River."

United Nations Victory Special Train, North Bonneville Station, Washington

Photograph of SP&S United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station in the Columbia River Gorge, Washington. A large crowd of passengers exit the train and walk toward a ramp in the distance. The mountains of the Columbia River Gorge are in the background. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "File 87-80. United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, SP&S Railway Company, June 29, 1945. Train carried over 200 delegates enroute home from the United Nations Conference held San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945." Stamp on the back for Les T. Ordeman Photography.

Ordeman, Les T. (Leslie Thomas), 1906-1991

United Nations Victory Special Train, North Bonneville Station, Washington

Photograph of SP&S United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station in the Columbia River Gorge, Washington. A large crowd of passengers wait outside the train. A government automobile is parked in a dirt lot in the foreground. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "File 87-80. United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, SP&S Railway Company, June 29, 1945. Train carried over 200 delegates enroute home from the United Nations Conference held San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945."

Ordeman, Les T. (Leslie Thomas), 1906-1991

United Nations Victory Special Train, North Bonneville Station, Washington

Photograph of SP&S United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station in the Columbia River Gorge, Washington. A man stands on the back of an observation car at the end of the train. The mountains of the Columbia River Gorge are in the background. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "File 87-80. United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, SP&S Railway Company, June 29, 1945. Train carried over 200 delegates enroute home from the United Nations Conference held San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945."

Ordeman, Les T. (Leslie Thomas), 1906-1991

United Nations Victory Special Train, North Bonneville Station, Washington

Photograph of SP&S United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station in the Columbia River Gorge, Washington. On the left, passengers walk down a ramp to the train. On the right, passengers stand outside beside the train. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "File 87-80. United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, SP&S Railway Company, June 29, 1945. Train carried over 200 delegates enroute home from the United Nations Conference held San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945."

Ordeman, Les T. (Leslie Thomas), 1906-1991

United Nations Victory Special Train, North Bonneville Station, Washington

Photograph of SP&S United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station in the Columbia River Gorge, Washington. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "File 87-80. United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, SP&S Railway Company, June 29, 1945. Train carried over 200 delegates enroute home from the United Nations Conference held San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945." Stamp on the back for Les T. Ordeman Photography.

Ordeman, Les T. (Leslie Thomas), 1906-1991

SP&S train passing Beacon Rock in Columbia River Gorge, Washington

Photograph of an SP&S locomotive pulling a train past Beacon Rock on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from the side of the railroad track, the locomotive travels toward the camera. The Columbia River is on the right. Handwriting on the back of the print reads, "Beacon Rock, Washington, Cascade Range, Columbia River, S.P.&S. Ry." Second handwritten note reads, "Mrs. Crozier." Stamps on the front and back of the print indicate a 1909 copyright by Kiser Photo Co. for SP&S Railway.

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

Finishing Station 1515, Carson, Washington

Photograph of 4 railroad construction workers working in a trench at the base of a graded hillside in Carson, Washington. They work next to a track that transports construction materials. To the right is the Columbia River and a view of a large mountain on the Washington side of the gorge. Handwriting on the bottom of the print reads, "1516, Finishing Station 1515, June 23 '06, P.&S. Ry." Handwriting on the back reads, "Carson Landing."

Fishwheel on the Columbia River, Oregon

Photograph of a fishwheel on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Two sets of railroad tracks pass the fishwheel. Taken from the Oregon side of the gorge, looking across the Columbia River at a large mountain in Washington in the background. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Oregon side, North Columbia River Fish Wheel (Trap)" Stamps on the front and back of the print indicate a 1909 copyright by Kiser Photo Co. for SP&S Railway.

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

SP&S Eastbound Train Along Columbia River at Beacon Rock, Washington

Photograph of an SP&S train traveling eastbound along the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. The train passes in front of Beacon Rock. Taken from the Oregon side of the river, looking north across the river. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "File No. 26 - SP&S eastbound train along Columbia River at Beacon Rock."

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

Oregon Trunk Rail Bridge across the Columbia River near Celilo Falls

View of the Oregon Trunk (OT) Rail Bridge across the Columbia River near Wishram Washington. The bridge is also known as the Celilo Bridge. The photograph is taken from the bank on the Oregon side of the river and captures almost the full span of the bridge. A portion of Celilo Village is visible in the foreground. The community of Skien is visible in the distance at the base of the bridge on the Washington side. A note on the back of the photograph reads, "File No. 68 - OT/Celilo Bridge across Columbia River, near Wishram, Wash."

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

Oregon Trunk Rail Bridge across the Columbia River near Celilo Falls

View of the Oregon Trunk (OT) Rail Bridge across the Columbia River near Wishram Washington. The photograph is taken from the tracks on the Washington side of the bridge looking south through the trusses. The bridge is also known as the Celilo Bridge. A note on the back of the photograph reads, "File No. 66 - OT/Celilo Bridge across Columbia River, near Wishram, Wash. Kiser 5475."

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, Washington

Photograph of a crowd of people walking up a ramp next to an SP&S train at a train station. The train has at least 2 Pullman cars, visible on the right. Typed writing on the back of the print reads, "File 87-80. United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, SP&S Railway Company, June 29, 1945. Train carried over 200 delegates enroute home from United Nations Conference held San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945." Stamp on the back for Les T. Ordeman Photography.

Ordeman, Les T. (Leslie Thomas), 1906-1991

Eagle Creek Forest Camp

A man stands next to a sign for the “Eagle Creek Forest Camp, Mount Hood National Forest.” A “Closed For Season” tag has been attached to the front of the sign, which is mounted to a rock pillar, likely next to the Historic Columbia River Highway. Photograph taken as part of a series documenting the effort of the Portland Women’s Forum, Save the Gorge committee, to curtail logging in the area. Photographs from this series were published in the Oregon Journal on Sunday, April 6, 1952 (negative 15 of 23).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Spillways at Bonneville Dam

Photograph of water rushing out of the spillways of the Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from the Washington side of the dam. A person leans over a railing on the lower right, watching the scene. A cloud of mist rises from the water. Stamp on the back of the print reads, "Restricted Photograph: Do not reproduce without written license agreement, Photo-Art Commercial Studios."

Photo-Art Commercial Studios (Portland, Or.)

Automobiles on the Bridge at Shepperd's Dell on the Columbia River Highway

Photograph of several automobiles crossing the bridge at Shepperd's Dell on the Historic Columbia River Highway in the Columbia River Gorge. Two people stand on either side of the bridge, looking over the railing. The people in the automobiles look toward the camera. Writing on the bottom of the print indicates a 1915 copyright by the Weister Co.

Weister Company

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