Looking Over Suspension Bridge Towards Oregon City - c. 1890


Looking Over Suspension Bridge Towards Oregon City

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This detailed view of the old Oregon City Suspension Bridge, built in 1888, is restored from an original glass negative made shortly after the bridge was completed.

If you look carefully, in Detail View 1, you can read the small sign on the right that states "Pacific Bridge Co., 1888". The larger sign warns travelers on the bridge to slow down - the bridge was not designed for vehicles, even horse-drawn vehicles, moving at high speeds.

Apparent in this photo are the many electric lines. Until the new power plant opened in 1895 on the West Linn side, electricity generated on the Oregon City side was carried across the bridge on its way to Portland.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon. Original courtesy of the Clackamas County Historical Society.

Additional Information

Item Number CC0088
Photographer Unknown
Location Oregon City, West Linn, Clackamas County
Subject Bridges and Trestles
Decade 1890s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 4.9 x 7.9 inches
Photographer's Number No