Oregon City Main St. with Electric Trolley - circa 1895


Oregon City Main St. with Electric Trolley - Cheney

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This view of Oregon City's Main Street was taken in the 1890s, shortly after electrification and the arrival of the electric trolley. Electricity had come to town in the late 1880s, and the East Side Railway, represented here by the car "Rose", began its run between Oregon City and Portland in 1893. We can see in detail 1 the driver of the streetcar cleaning and opening the switch to allow the car to proceed. Detail 2 shows that one or two horse power per vehicle was still the established norm. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0070
Photographer Eston Cheney
Location Oregon City, Clackamas County
Subject Town Views, Trains, Railroads, Streetcars
Decade 1890s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Cabinet Card
Size of Original 3.8 x 5.5 inches
Photographer's Number No