Willamette Falls - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

Willamette Falls - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. Below Station A at Willamette Falls

    Below Station A at Willamette Falls - 1895

    This unusual view shows Station A, the first powerhouse used for the first long-distance transmission of electrical power in the United States. Transmission lines went 14 miles, from the Falls to Portland. Learn More
  2. Below Willamette Falls - Weister

    Below Willamette Falls - c. 1915

    This view showing the power and beauty of Willamette Falls is from an original glass negative by George M. Weister. Learn More
  3. Brown Brothers Fish Wheel at Willamette Falls - Clavering

    Brown Brothers Fish Wheel at Willamette Falls - c. 1896

    More common on the Columbia River, this mechanized form of "mining" fish was used briefly at Willamette Falls. Learn More
  4. Building Station B Electric Plant at Willamette Falls

    Building Station B Electric Plant at Willamette Falls - 1895

    The concrete foundation for the new Station B Electric Plant on the west bank at the Falls is in progress in this unusual view of its initial construction. Learn More
  5. Building the Temporary Bridge at Willamette Falls - Eddy

    Building the Temporary Bridge at Willamette Falls - 1921

    It's said that this temporary footbridge was built in one day, which may be a slight exaggeration, but it clearly went up quickly. Learn More
  6. Early Lumber Mill at Willamette Falls - Buchtel

    Early Lumber Mill at Willamette Falls - 1870s

    A small early sawmill occupies the northern end of Willamette Falls, with the newly completed locks visible on the far side. Learn More
  7. Falls of the Willamette River at Oregon City - The West Shore

    Falls of the Willamette River at Oregon City - 1887

    This exaggerated engraving of Willamette Falls was published in The West Shore magazine in Portland in August of 1887. Learn More
  8. Falls on the Willamette, Oregon - Young

    Falls on the Willamette, Oregon - c. 1925

    This hand-tinted glass magic lantern slide gives a great view of Willamette Falls from below, on a beautiful summer day. Learn More
  9. Fish Ladder at Willamette Falls

    Fish Ladder at Willamette Falls - 1913

    Carved out of solid rock in the 1880s, Willamette Falls' first fish ladder made it easier for salmon to ascend to the upper river. Learn More
  10. Fishing at Willamette Falls - Drayton

    Fishing at Willamette Falls - c. 1842

    This engraving is taken from the five-volume set (plus an atlas) "Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition", by Charles Wilkes, published in 1845. Learn More
  11. Fishing Below Willamette Falls

    Fishing Below Willamette Falls - c. 1895

    This image of fishing at the Falls shows a lot about late nineteenth century fishing practices, as well as the power of the water at the site. Learn More
  12. Hawley Pulp & Paper Co., Mill A

    Hawley Pulp & Paper Co., Mill A - 1910s

    The Hawley mill opened 1909, and operated until 1948, when it was sold and became Publisher's Paper Company. Learn More
  13. Hawley Pulp & Paper Co., Mills B and C

    Hawley Pulp & Paper Co., Mills B and C - 1910s

    Looking downstream towards Hawley's Mills B and C, with the woolen mill building visible between them. Learn More
  14. Interior of Station B Power Plant, Willamette Falls

    Interior of Station B Power Plant, Willamette Falls - 1896

    This detailed view of Station B was created shortly after its completion in 1895. Learn More
  15. Lamprey Eels at Willamette Falls

    Lamprey Eels at Willamette Falls - 1913

    Lamprey eels are actually a fish, not an eel. Older than salmon, they also migrate to the ocean and return to Northwest rivers to spawn. Learn More
  16. Landing a 43 1/2 lb. Salmon at Willamette Falls

    Landing a 43 1/2 lb. Salmon at Willamette Falls - c. 1930

    The label of this period postcard is quite specific as to the weight of the fish, as well it should be to honor the proud fisherman. Learn More
  17. Loading Paper on a Barge, Crown-Willamette Paper Company

    Loading Paper on a Barge, Crown-Willamette Paper Company - c. 1920

    An unusual vantage point for a photo of Crown-Willamette Paper Company gives us a good view of a crew loading paper on a barge, using hand-trucks. Learn More
  18. Log Rafts Below Willamette Falls Locks

    Log Rafts Below Willamette Falls Locks - c. 1905

    This classic view looks upstream below the locks and above them, Willamette Falls. Learn More
  19. Looking Downstream Towards the New Oregon City Bridge

    Looking Downstream Towards the New Oregon City Bridge - c. 1888

    We can date this image by noting the presence of the suspension bridge, opened in 1888, and the absence of many paper mill buildings on the west shore, which were built shortly after the bridge was finished. Learn More
  20. Mills & McLoughlin House at Willamette Falls - Watkins

    Mills & McLoughlin House at Willamette Falls - 1867

    This 1867 view of the mills at Willamette Falls is part of a series of stereoviews created by Carleton Watkins during his visit to Oregon that year. Learn More
  21. Mills & Power Stations at Willamette Falls

    Mills & Power Stations at Willamette Falls - 1918

    Part of a set of photos of the interior of the woolen mills at the falls, this view was titled "Source of Power, Oregon City Woolen Mills". Learn More
  22. Mills and Sternwheeler at Willamette Falls - Eddy

    Mills and Sternwheeler at Willamette Falls - c. 1915

    There's a lot going on, and a lot of crisp detail, in this glass plate negative created by Ralph Eddy of Oregon City in about 1915. Learn More
  23. New Construction at Paper Mills, Willamette Falls - Kelley

    New Construction at Paper Mills, Willamette Falls - 1906

    This rather chaotic view shows piles of lumber, wood pulp, cordwood and rocks as construction is completed for the new building in the left foreground. Learn More
  24. Oregon City Bridge from Grand Opening Program - Eddy

    Oregon City Bridge from Grand Opening Program - 1922

    This panoramic view is taken from the official program of the grand opening of the Oregon City - West Linn arched bridge in 1922. Learn More
  25. Oregon City from the Bluff, Main St. Between 2nd & 3rd

    Oregon City from the Bluff, Main St. Between 2nd & 3rd - 1874

    This detailed early photo provides a good view of the mills in Oregon City, Willamette Falls, and the newly built locks on the other side of the river. Learn More
  26. Oregon City Suspension Bridge - Watson

    Oregon City Suspension Bridge - c. 1900

    This view looking downstream on the Willamette River below the falls reveals the striking design of the first Oregon City bridge, built in 1888. Learn More
  27. Oregon City Woolen Mills with New Station B - Culver Pictures

    Oregon City Woolen Mills with New Station B - c. 1895

    This sharp view of the Oregon City Woolen Mills is notable for two non-woolen mill details - the smaller initial Station B power plant, and the elaborate signage on Charman's store. Learn More
  28. Panorama of Hawley Pulp and Paper Mills - Harold M. Brown

    Panorama of Hawley Pulp and Paper Mills - c. 1925

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    This very clear panorama of the Oregon City mills at Willamette Falls lends itself to larger prints; you'll notice that we offer it in sizes up to ten feet wide. Learn More
  29. PGE Station B & Mills at Willamette Falls

    PGE Station B & Mills at Willamette Falls - c. 1915

    Front and center is Station B, the third-oldest operating hydro plant in the U.S. Behind it and across the river are paper mills and other industry. Learn More
  30. Power Plant, Mills & Sunset Neighborhood

    Power Plant, Mills & Sunset Neighborhood - c. 1900

    This early 1900s view by an unknown photographer shows us both the power plant and mills, and the community of Sunset up on the hill behind them. Learn More
  31. Pulp & Paper Mills at Willamette Falls - NY Education Dept.

    Pulp & Paper Mills at Willamette Falls - 1929

    Prominent in this view of paper mills on both sides of the Willamette are the huge stacks of paper pulp, colored yellow in this 1929 hand-tinted glass slide. Learn More
  32. Rebuilding After the 1890 Flood, Willamette Falls - Crawford

    Rebuilding After the 1890 Flood, Willamette Falls

    The large flood of 1890 caused extensive damage to structures on both sides of the Willamette River at the Falls. In the foreground we see workers rebuilding the almost new mills on the west side. Learn More
  33. Rowboat at Willamette Falls - Turney

    Rowboat at Willamette Falls - 1902

    Two men in a rowboat explore the area below the falls in this turn-of-the-last-century photo. Learn More
  34. Salmon Fishing at Willamette Falls

    Salmon Fishing at Willamette Falls - c. 1925

    This professional snapshot has the printed subtitle, "A 50 pound Catch is not Uncommon". Learn More
  35. Salmon Fishing at Willamette Falls - Eddy

    Salmon Fishing at Willamette Falls - c. 1925

    This image is recreated from a panoramic postcard by Oregon City photographer Ralph Eddy. Learn More
  36. Sightseeing at Willamette Falls - Culver Pictures

    Sightseeing at Willamette Falls - c. 1900

    A group of students has their picture taken overlooking Willamette Falls. Great outfits. Learn More
  37. Sinking of the Salem at 4th St. Dock, Oregon City

    Sinking of the Salem at 4th St. Dock, Oregon City - 1892

    This crisp photo shows the docks, a sternwheeler, paper mills on the west side of the river, and the results of an early mishap caused by venturing too close to Willamette Falls. Learn More
  38. Station A and Crown Paper Co. at Willamette Falls - Prier

    Station A and Crown Paper Co. at Willamette Falls - c. 1895

    This highly detailed photo by Oregon City photographer Richard Prier features the Station A power station on the Oregon City side, and the newly opened Crown Paper Company on the West Linn side of Willamette Falls. Learn More
  39. Station B Electric Plant, Willamette Falls

    Station B Electric Plant, Willamette Falls - c. 1895

    This image shows Station B shortly after it was opened in 1895. It first supplemented, and soon replaced, Station A on the other side of the river, to help meet Portland's growing demand for electricity. Learn More
  40. Steamboats Rival and Alert at Willamette Falls

    Steamboats Rival and Alert at Willamette Falls - c. 1866

    The original for this rare view is a hundred-year-old copy print of an even older photograph of steamboat activity below Willamette Falls. Learn More
  41. Steamer "Gov. Grover" in Willamette Falls Locks

    Steamer "Gov. Grover" in Willamette Falls Locks - 1873

    This early view shows both the locks and the steamboat Governor Grover the year they were completed. Learn More
  42. Steamer Beaver Descending West Linn Locks

    Steamer Beaver Descending West Linn Locks - 1929

    This photo gives us a great view of both a crowd of passengers on the sternwheeler Beaver, and also the original wooden lock gates on one of four chambers of the Willamette Falls Locks. Learn More
  43. Steamer Lot Whitcomb at Willamette Falls

    Steamer Lot Whitcomb at Willamette Falls - c. 1851

    This is a classic photo - the oldest known outdoor photograph of the Willamette Falls area. Learn More
  44. Sternwheeler and Barge Under the New Oregon City Bridge

    Sternwheeler and Barge Under the New Oregon City Bridge - 1922

    In 1922, the new arched Oregon City Bridge was nearing completion. In this view, a sternwheeler is moving a barge - probably one of the barges used in the construction of the new bridge. Learn More
  45. Suspension Bridge, Oregon City - Crawford

    Suspension Bridge, Oregon City - c. 1890

    The first Oregon City bridge was built in 1888, a few years before this photo. Some folks criticized it a "the bridge to nowhere", as the area on the West Linn side of the river was so sparsely populated. Learn More
  46. T. W. Sullivan Power Plant, Willamette Falls

    T. W. Sullivan Power Plant, Willamette Falls - c. 1915

    Opened in 1895, "Station B", also known as the T. W. Sullivan Power Plant, was the second power plant at Willamette Falls, and today is the third oldest power plant in the United States. Learn More
  47. The Modoc Going Up Willamette Falls Locks

    The Modoc Going Up Willamette Falls Locks - 1903

    Looking down towards the falls from the west side we can see a lock tender's residence, the locks, mills on both sides of the river, and Station A through the mist in the far center. Learn More
  48. Three Levels of Steamboats at Willamette Falls

    Three Levels of Steamboats at Willamette Falls - 1874

    This rare early photograph was taken shortly after the locks were opened in 1873, and shows steamboats in the upper river, lower river, and locks. Learn More
  49. Top of the Arch, Oregon City Bridge Construction - Eddy

    Top of the Arch, Oregon City Bridge Construction - 1922

    Construction Manager Edward Lind proudly poses at the top of the newly closed arch for the Arch Bridge at Willamette Falls. Of course, Eddy, the photographer, also needed to climb this high. Learn More
  50. Turbulance at Willamette Falls

    Turbulance at Willamette Falls - c. 1895

    The original for this photo is an unmounted boudoir-sized print, purchased with a similar print signed by John F. Ford. While we are not attributing it to him, it may be his work. Learn More

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