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  1. 1890 Salem Flood, Looking Northeast Across Pringle Creek - Myra Sperry

    1890 Salem Flood, Looking Northeast Across Pringle Creek

    The 1890 flood in Salem was the largest flood the city had experienced since 1861. In this view, we are looking northeast from High Street towards the State Capitol and other buildings in the city center. Learn More
  2. Arlington, Oregon, on the Columbia River - Dorothea Lange

    Arlington, Oregon, on the Columbia River - 1939

    Arlington is an early Oregon town located on the Columbia River at the mouth of Alkali Canyon, about fifty miles east of The Dalles. In the early 1870s, settlers built corrals here to hold sheep and cattle waiting to be transported downriver. Learn More
  3. Bonanza, Oregon, Circa 1890 - David C. Herrin

    Bonanza, Oregon, Circa 1890

    The whole town has come out for a photo opportunity in Bonanza, located about 25 miles east of Klamath Falls. Founded in 1876 by J. P. Roberts, it was growing slowly at the time this image was captured. Learn More
  4. Clatskanie, Winter of 1909

    Clatskanie, Winter of 1909

    At the time this snowy portrait of Clatskanie was taken, the town was going through a growth spurt, more than doubling in size since 1900 (to about 700 inhabitants). Learn More
  5. Dredge "Clackamas" in Portland Harbor

    Dredge "Clackamas" in Portland Harbor - 1929

    The 3,400 hp diesel electric dredge "Clackamas" shown here was launched in 1925, and at that time was the largest diesel electric dredge in the world. Learn More
  6. Factories at Willamette Falls, Engraving - West Shore Magazine

    Factories at Willamette Falls, Engraving - c. 1890

    This engraving is from The West Shore, an illustrated magazine published in Portland from 1875 through 1891. Many of its articles were profiles of towns throughout the Pacific Northwest. Learn More
  7. Hamlin Block, SW Corner of Main & Central, Medford  - David C. Herrin

    Hamlin Block, SW Corner of Main & Central, Medford - 1888

    Medford began in 1883 when the Oregon & California Railroad arrived, and four property owners deeded parts of their land for a depot and surrounding town. A number of buildings were erected in 1884, including the Palmer-Medynski building on the left (which still stands today). Learn More
  8. Lakeview, Oregon, Circa 1888 - David C. Herrin

    Lakeview, Oregon, 1888

    This wonderful (and rare) early view of Lakeview was captured by Medford photographer David C. Herrin. It's wonderful because of Herrin's composition and photography skills, and rare partly because almost the whole town burned in 1900. Learn More
  9. Looking East Down 7th Street, Medford - David C. Herrin

    Looking East Down Main Street, Medford - 1888

    We're looking down 7th Street (now called Main Street) across the decorative railing for the railroad depot, built in 1884, in the middle of the street. (It made sense at the time.) The depot was used until it was replaced in 1900. Learn More
  10. Looking West Across the Klamath River to Keno, Oregon - David C. Herrin

    Looking West Across the Klamath River to Keno, Oregon - 1888

    This early photo shows the new town of Keno, located about 15 miles downstream from Klamath Falls, along the Klamath River. The town's post office was established one year earlier, in 1887. Learn More
  11. The South Bound Train Arrives at Ashland - David C. Herrin

    The South Bound Train Arrives at Ashland - 1888

    The Oregon and California Railroad reached Ashland from the north in 1884, and the line was completed to California in 1887. Not surprisingly, this resulted in a huge boost for the growth of Ashland. Learn More

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