Portland metropolitan area, Oregon

Carstens Packing Company, Front Street, Portland View of 6th Street, downtown Portland Building at 16th and Yamhill, Portland United States National Bank building, Portland View of downtown Portland from top of Public Service Building Unidentified building at corner of 11th Street, Portland? Kress Building under construction, 5th and Morrison, Portland Esmond rooming house, Front and Morrison, Portland Mayer Building, 12th and Morrison, Portland Four-story brick building, 22nd and Sandy, Portland Masonic Temple, West Park Street, Portland St. Charles Hotel building, Front and Morrison, Portland New Market Theatre building, Portland View of 6th Street, downtown Portland, facing southwest Studio Building at corner of West Park and Taylor, Portland Masonic Temple, West Park Street, Portland 10th and Washington streets, downtown Portland View of 6th Street, downtown Portland, facing north Morrison Street, downtown Portland, facing northwest View of 6th Street, downtown Portland, facing south Masonic Temple, West Park Street, Portland Congress Hotel building, 6th and Main, Portland Rooftop view of downtown Portland and Hawthorne Bridge Parrish building, Front and Washington, Portland View of 6th Street, downtown Portland, facing north Aerial view of Swan Island and Willamette River, Portland Aerial view of Swan Island and Willamette River, Portland Demolition of Portland High School building
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Org. Lot 1368.I.1

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Portland metropolitan area, Oregon


  • 1902 - 1947 (Creation)


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The Oregon Journal was an afternoon newspaper based in Portland, Oregon. Originally founded in March 1902 by Alfred D. Bowen under the name Evening Journal, Charles Samuel (“Sam”) Jackson purchased the newspaper that July and renamed it the Oregon Journal. Originally located in the Goodnaugh Building, the Journal’s offices moved to the Jackson Tower in 1912, where they remained until 1948, when the paper moved into the Public Market building on Portland’s waterfront. The Jackson family retained ownership of the paper until the death of C. S. Jackson’s son Philip in 1953.

The Journal was known for some innovations. It shipped additional issues to Oregon’s coastal towns during the summer months as a means of boosting circulation. It was also the first newspaper in the United States to own a helicopter, and its waterfront building included a helicopter pad.

The Journal was considered a rival to Portland’s other major newspaper, the Oregonian, throughout its existence. The Journal’s editorials favored the Democratic Party, in contrast with the Oregonian’s Republican leanings, and expressed what some labeled an anti-establishment tone. However, the two papers became intertwined as time went on. In the 1950s, the Journal began to suffer from revenue losses, and discussed the possibility of sharing production facilities with the Oregonian. For the first five months of the protracted Portland newspaper strike which began in 1959, the Journal and Oregonian published joint issues. In August 1961, the Oregonian Publishing Company, by then owned by newspaper mogul Samuel I. Newhouse, purchased the Journal for $8 million. With this sale, the Journal offices and production facilities merged with those of the Oregonian on SW Broadway, although the Journal retained its own editorial department and tone.

The Journal’s highest circulation was at 201,000 in March 1948. By 1982, circulation had reduced to a little more than 100,000, and the paper struggled to remain relevant in an age where afternoon newspapers were considered obsolete. The Journal published its final issue on September 6, 1982. The paper’s staff and production were then absorbed into the Oregonian.

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Due to the high-risk nature of the format, the Oregon Journal negatives are not available to the public for physical access.

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Org. Lot 1368, OHS Research Library

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In Copyright http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/ ; Copyright held by Oregonian Publishing Group.

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