Squatters' Shacks near Ross Island Bridge - 1936


Squatters' Shacks near Ross Island Bridge - Rothstein

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This view of Depression-era homes near the Ross Island Bridge was created by Arthur Rothstein, just out of college and working as one of a dozen photographers for the Farm Security Administration. He took a series of photos of Portland's "Hooverville", a name often given to these communities. Many of the men who lived here in the winter worked in orchards in the Willamette Valley and Washington during the summer. Detail view 1 shows the Ross Island Bridge, built in 1926, clearly visible in the background. Detail view shows a close-up of perhaps the largest house in the photo. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0643
Photographer Arthur Rothstein
Location Portland, Multnomah County
Subject Houses, Town Views
Decade 1930s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Original Negative
Size of Original 1.8 x 2.2 inches
Photographer's Number No