Tooth Bridge, Portage Railroad at the Cascades - 1867


Tooth Bridge, Portage Railroad at the Cascades - Watkins

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Looking upstream along the Tooth Bridge at the 5-mile-long portage railroad on the Oregon side of the Cascades. This was Oregon's first railroad, opened in 1858 using mule power, and upgraded in 1862 by adding steel bands on the inside of the wooden rails to accommodate the Oregon Pony, the Northwest's first steam locomotive.

The Pony is now preserved at Cascade Locks. Before this photo was taken in 1867, the Pony had been moved to San Francisco. Other photos from that year show horse-drawn cars still being used on the railroad.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0097
Photographer Carleton Watkins
Location Cascade Locks, Columbia Gorge, Columbia River, Hood River County
Subject Rivers and Streams, Trains, Railroads, Streetcars
Decade 1860s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Stereoview Panel
Size of Original 3.0 x 3.1 inches
Photographer's Number Number 1297