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  1. Applying Gunite, Oregon City Bridge Construction - Eddy

    Applying Gunite, Oregon City Bridge Construction - 1922

    The Oregon City Bridge is the only Oregon bridge to be encased in gunite, which protects its steel frame from corrosive sulfur dioxide fumes from the paper mills to the south of the bridge. Learn More
  2. Assembling a Steam Gold Dredge, Eastern Oregon - Hazeltine

    Assembling a Steam Gold Dredge, Eastern Oregon - c. 1900

    This large steam-powered gold dredge is under construction on an unidentified river somewhere in eastern Oregon, probably near Baker City, where photographer Martin Hazeltine operated his studio. Learn More
  3. Barge Used for Oregon City Bridge Construction - Eddy

    Barge Used for Oregon City Bridge Construction - 1922

    This close-up view shows us many of the details of the barge with a steam donkey powered crane used to build the Oregon City Arch Bridge. Learn More
  4. Big Rock Cut, Above Cabinet, Northern Pacific Railroad - Davidson

    Big Rock Cut, Above Cabinet, Northern Pacific Railroad - c. 1882

    This view of railroad construction was captured by Davidson as Northern Pacific's transcontinental line neared completion. (It was opened in 1883.) Learn More
  5. Bucyrus Steam Shovel near Brinnon, Washington

    Bucyrus Steam Shovel near Brinnon, Washington - c. 1910

    This hundred-year-old image shows a large steam shovel on rails, digging a channel to float logs for Iszett Logging Company to Hood Canal. Learn More
  6. Building a Bridge Along the Snake River near Robinette

    Building a Bridge Along the Snake River near Robinette - c. 1909

    This view shows a railroad bridge under construction across the Powder River where it flows into the Snake. Robinette was located behind the photographer on the west bank of the Snake River. Learn More
  7. Building a Sternwheeler in Portland Harbor

    Building a Sternwheeler in Portland Harbor - c. 1905

    In this group portrait of workers at the construction site of a new sternwheeler, we can identify the M. F. Henderson and the No Wonder moored behind it. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. Building the Bolton Reservoir - Davis

    Building the Bolton Reservoir - c. 1915

    Photographer S. P. Davis has captured some wonderful abstract patterns while documenting the construction of West Linn's first reservoir in about 1915. Learn More
  10. Building the Dalles - Celilo Canal - Velarde

    Building the Dalles - Celilo Canal - 1910

    The Dalles-Celilo canal, over eight miles long, begins about three miles upriver from The Dalles. Its construction lasted from 1905 through 1915. Learn More
  11. Building the Railroad Bridge Across the Willamette at Wilsonville

    Building the Railroad Bridge Across the Willamette at Wilsonville - c. 1907

    A construction crew poses in front of the almost-completed railroad bridge at Wilsonville, built for the Oregon Electric Railway. Learn More
  12. 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
  13. Building West Linn's First Stand Pipe - Davis

    Building West Linn's First Stand Pipe - c. 1915

    This fifty-foot tall, 50,000 gallon standpipe was built as part of West Linn's first water project, to supply the upper parts of the newly-incorporated city. Learn More
  14. Concrete Workers, Oregon City - Eddy

    Concrete Workers, Oregon City - c. 1915

    From the early part of Ralph Eddy's career, this image is restored and printed from his original glass negative. Learn More
  15. Construction of Columbia River Highway, with Temporary Railroad

    Construction of Columbia River Highway, with Temporary Railroad - 1915

    Many historic photos exist of the Columbia River Highway. This one is unusual, showing the temporary railroad used to move heavy materials along the highway grade during construction. Learn More
  16. County Road Crew Near Hoodsport - Mitchell

    County Road Crew Near Hoodsport - c. 1895

    At first glance this group portrait appears to be a very diverse logging crew, but a second look reveals that in addition to saws and peaveys, many shovels and grub hoes are visible. Learn More
  17. Crew with Municipal Engine Co. Gas Cement Mixer - Mt. Hood Studio

    Crew with Municipal Engine Co. Gas Cement Mixer - c. 1914

    Somewhere in the Portland area, a crew pauses from their concrete work to have their picture taken. Their main equipment is an early version of a gas-powered cement mixer. Learn More
  18. Dedication Crowd, Oregon City Bridge Opening - Eddy

    Dedication Crowd, Oregon City Bridge Opening - 1922

    On December 28, 1922, the new Arch Bridge across the Willamette River between Oregon City and West Linn was dedicated. Photographer Ralph Eddy captures the view from below. Learn More
  19. Government Locks at the Cascades - Kilburn

    Government Locks at the Cascades, Columbia River - c. 1890

    It took 18 years to build these locks, which were completed in 1896. They operated for forty years, until being submerged by Bonneville Dam in 1938. Learn More
  20. Grading the Railroad to Harney Valley - Browning

    Grading the Railroad to Harney Valley - c. 1914

    In 1914 the Oregon Eastern Railroad was extending its line from Riverside over the hills to the town of Crane, east of Burns in the Harney Valley. Learn More
  21. Horse-drawn Water Tanker

    Horse-drawn Water Tanker - c. 1912

    It takes a strong team to pull a water tanker. This pair looks like they're up to the task. Learn More
  22. Interstate Bridge, Nearing Completion - Prentiss

    Interstate Bridge, Nearing Completion - 1917

    This is the new Interstate Bridge, the first auto bridge between Portland and Vancouver, shortly before it was opened on Feb. 14th, 1917 - which was Oregon's 58th anniversary of its statehood. Learn More
  23. Lake Oswego Railroad Bridge

    Lake Oswego Railroad Bridge - c. 1910

    The Lake Oswego Railroad Bridge, built as the Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge north of Tyron Creek, nearing the end of its construction. Learn More
  24. Launch of the 1st Liberty Ship, the Star of Oregon

    Launch of the 1st Liberty Ship, the Star of Oregon - 1941

    A large crowd has turned out at the Kaiser Shipyards in Portland on May 19, 1941, to celebrate the launch of the first of many Liberty Ships built here. Learn More
  25. Laying Water Pipes down 6th Street, Oregon City - Davis

    Laying Water Pipes down 6th Street, Oregon City - c. 1914

    A ten-inch water main for West Linn is already in the trench, and pipe is being distributed to add a six-inch line to power the new municipal elevator along the bluff in Oregon City. Learn More
  26. Laying Wooden Pipe near Astoria - Crow

    Laying Wooden Pipe near Astoria - c. 1884

    In this print reproduced from an early stereoview, Astoria photographer Samuel Crow captures part of the crew installing wood stave pipe - probably for a water line. Learn More
  27. Lower Falls and Pipe, South Fork of the Clackamas - Davis

    Lower Falls and Pipe, South Fork of the Clackamas - c. 1915

    In this juxtaposition of nature and industry, a large water pipe is carried across the falls by cable - part of the construction of the South Fork water project to provide water to Oregon City and West Linn. Learn More
  28. Marent Trestle, Height 226 Feet, Highest Trestle on NPRR - Davidson

    Marent Trestle, Height 226 Feet, Highest Trestle on NPRR - c. 1883

    This wooden trestle, completed in 1883, was short-lived, replaced by an iron trestle in 1884 - 1885. Learn More
  29. Members of the Pure Mountain Water League - Davis

    Members of the Pure Mountain Water League - 1916

    These distinguished members of the Pure Mountain Water League, most of them from Oregon City, were among the original promoters of the South Fork Water Project, built to bring clean water from the upper Clackamas River to Oregon City. Learn More
  30. Nearly Completed Oregon City Bridge with Scaffolding - Eddy

    Nearly Completed Oregon City Bridge with Scaffolding - 1922

    The scaffolding seen here was built to apply the metal mesh and coating of gunite for the bridge. The steel structure had already been completed. Learn More
  31. New Bridge over the Clackamas at Estacada

    New Bridge over the Clackamas at Estacada - 1908

    An almost finished bridge over the Clackamas River at Estacada, with a workman waving his hat from on top. Learn More
  32. 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
  33. North Jetty, Newport - Crawford

    North Jetty, Newport - c. 1898

    This photo was taken shortly after the north jetty for Yaquina Bay was completed in 1896, after 8 years of construction. Learn More
  34. Opening the Columbia, Canal & Locks at the Cascades - The West Shore

    Opening the Columbia, Canal & Locks at the Cascades - 1889

    This 1889 engraving shows the construction of the Cascade Locks and Canal, which took 20 years to complete, finally opening in 1896. Learn More
  35. Overlooking Guild's Lake from the Northwest Hills - Indahl

    Overlooking Guild's Lake from the Northwest Hills - c. 1900

    Guild's Lake in northwest Portland, now drained, became famous a few years after this photo when it was chosen for the site of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition. Learn More
  36. Placing the Top Section, Oregon City Bridge Contruction - Eddy

    Placing the Top Section, Oregon City Bridge Contruction - 1922

    A barge-mounted crane helps to install the center sections of steel for the new Arch Bridge spanning the Willamette at Oregon City. Learn More
  37. Pouring the Deck, Oregon City Bridge Construction - Eddy

    Pouring the Deck, Oregon City Bridge Construction - 1922

    Lots of wheelbarrows are involved in the pouring of the bridge deck in this 1922 photo by Ralph Eddy. The arches are now carrying the weight, but have yet to be covered in gunite. Learn More
  38. Railway Under Construction near Castle Rock

    Railway Under Construction near Castle Rock - c. 1905

    While the work crew's steam engine looks like something from the 1870s, we suspect this view is from the early 1900s, when railway lines were being extended along the north bank of the Columbia River. Learn More
  39. Raising a 75 Foot Pole, State Street, Oswego

    Raising a 75 Foot Pole, State Street, Oswego - 1913

    If you ever wondered how they erected those really tall electric poles back in the day, here's your answer. Lots of men and pikes (the smaller poles with spikes on their ends). Learn More
  40. 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
  41. Snag Boat & Diver on the Columbia at Quinn

    Snag Boat & Diver on the Columbia at Quinn - 1893

    The snag boat crew, including their diver, poses for a photo at Hodgkins & Balls Salmon Fishery in Quinn, a long-lost town north of Clatskanie. Learn More
  42. Sternwheeler Claire, Oregon City Bridge Construction - Eddy

    Sternwheeler Claire, Oregon City Bridge Construction - 1922

    This well-compose print shows a popular early sternwheeler, the Claire, making its way under the Arch Bridge as it was under construction. Learn More
  43. 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
  44. Tunnel Above Clackamas, South Fork Water Project - S. P. Davis

    Tunnel Above Clackamas, South Fork Water Project - c. 1915

    We're looking through a newly-built tunnel on the side of a precipice towering above the Clackamas River. Learn More
  45. Upper End of Willamette Falls Locks, After 1890 Flood - Crawford

    Upper End of Willamette Falls Locks, After 1890 Flood

    At first glance this photo shows little sign of the devastating 1890 flood, but a closer look shows damage and rebuilding efforts on both sides of the river. Learn More
  46. Upper Entrance to the Dalles - Celilo Canal - Velarde

    Upper Entrance to the Dalles - Celilo Canal - 1910

    This is the upper entrance of the eight-mile-long Dalles-Celilo Canal, about halfway through its construction process. Learn More
  47. Welding Arch Plates, Oregon City Bridge Construction - Eddy

    Welding Arch Plates, Oregon City Bridge Construction - 1922

    This dramatic photo shows a two-man team welding near the top of the new Oregon City bridge. Acetylene welding supplemented the rivets that held most of the bridge together. Learn More
  48. Wilsonville Railroad Bridge Under Construction
  49. Work Crew at Willamette Falls Locks

    Work Crew at Willamette Falls Locks - 1890s

    The crew lines up on the side of the locks facing the river, as water seeps through from the full chamber behind them. Learn More
  50. Workmen from Umatilla Ordnance Depot - Lee

    Workmen from Umatilla Ordnance Depot - 1941

    Two workmen from the Umatilla Ordnance Depot pause for a chat and a smoke in front of The First National Bank in downtown Hermiston, perhaps after depositing their paychecks. Learn More

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