State Capitol at Night, Salem - 1940


State Capitol at Night, Salem - Eddy

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This dramatic night-time photo of the new Oregon capitol was taken by postcard photographer Ralph Eddy in 1940, two years after the building was completed. It was built to replace Oregon's second capitol, which stood from 1876 till 1935, when it was destroyed by fire. The first building created as Oregon's state capitol also burned, just as it was being finished in 1855. From that time till 1876 capitol functions were located in the Nesmith Building in downtown Salem.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon from the original negative, courtesy of the Clackamas County Historical Society.

Additional Information

Item Number CC0147
Photographer Ralph Eddy
Location Salem, Marion County
Subject Government Buildings
Decade 1940s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Original Negative
Size of Original 4.1 x 5.8 inches
Photographer's Number Number 320