Newly Completed Oregon City Suspension Bridge - c. 1888


Newly Completed Oregon City Suspension Bridge - Prier

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This early view of the suspension bridge also tells us a lot about the early production of electricity at Willamette Falls. In detail view 1, we can see that there are no electric lines yet installed along the upper surface of the bridge structure. In detail view 2, however, we see electric lines are installed along Main Street and Seventh Street in Oregon City. Together, this dates the photo to about 1888, when electricity was generated on the Oregon City side, but was not yet carried across the river and on to Portland, an accomplishment that happened in June of 1889.

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

Additional Information

Item Number CC0104
Photographer Richard Prier
Location Oregon City, West Linn, Clackamas County
Subject Bridges and Trestles, Town Views
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Copy Negative
Size of Original 1.7 x 3.1 inches
Photographer's Number No