Lewis & Clark Exposition Map, 1905

Official ground plan of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in the Northwest Portland/Guild’s Lake area. Guild’s Lake was completely filled in by the 1920s and very little remains of the exposition itself. Very cool map, lots of detail, very informative.

(City of Portland Archives)

31 thoughts on “Lewis & Clark Exposition Map, 1905

  1. Very cool map.

    The later Forestry Building, the world’s largest log building, must have been the American Inn. Did it really have overnight accommodations?

  2. @Carter: The later Forestry Building is the one labeled “Forestry” :) (just to the northwest of the end of Upshur and next to the Oriental Palace).

  3. Very interesting to just take the time to browse the different buildings and concessions…and try to imagine what it would have been like to attend this huge Exposition in 1905. I wonder the impact this had on the growth of Portland.

  4. @ Dave Brunker,

    Looks like you might have the right spot on the Google Map. It looks like the current NW Nicolai traces the path of what was Gray Boulevard/St. Helen’s Road on the Exposition map.

  5. If it can be assumed the the scale is correct, it is interesting to compare the foot print of the forestry bldg to it’s much larger neighbors.
    As kids growing up in the 40’s, anywhere in the area you would probably have enjoyed a school field trip or two to the forestry bldg.the interior of which was huge and awe inspiring.All those huge logs holding up the roof were meant to convey the felling of being in a old growth forest and they sure did that.
    Kind of makes you wish could have been around in ’05 to enjoy those other wonders.
    Then I recall my grandmother telling me that the mosquitos were the lasting impression many took away. She said that the wise only attended the expo on windy days.
    Thank you for posting.

  6. I was looking at exhibit 114, on the far left side by the water. Can you imagine what they would do to you today if you used a road oiling machine today. You would probably get 10 years in prison.

    I recalled as a kid, that a oiled road was much preferred over a dusty road.

  7. NativePDX, if you did road oiling today, hopefully you’d be paid for it. Check your Yellow Pages; there are several local contractors that offer road oiling services.

  8. I didn’t know they still oiled roads, It must be a new earth friendly biodegradable oil. Unlike the old used oil, I’m sure they used when I was a kid.

    Thanks for that.

  9. @Dan Faulkner and NativePDX: here’s a portion of a Sanborn Map showing the building location on Belmont from a previous post by Dan Davis when this building was discussed.

  10. thanks Brian.
    A few years ago when I first saw the photo, I thought maybe it was around Laruralhurst park. But it just didn’t seem to fit. I later figured out, it was around where you show on the Sanborn map. But I was never really sure, exactly where it was.

  11. I have always been fascinated by the Lewis & Clark Exposition; ever since I saw pictures of it in an Oregonian Article many years ago. For those who also find this interesting, I heartily recommend the book “The Great Extravaganza: Portland and the Lewis and Clark Exposition” by Carl Abbott. The book is full of pictures and fun facts about the fair. I was able to grab a used, good condition copy from Powell’s for around $9.00.
    If you have a Multnomah, or Clark County, WA library card you can download the June 1905 addendum to the Portland Sanford maps featuring a special 2 page overview of the Exposition.

  12. In fact road oiling machinery is still very much with us.The same technology, only slightly improved is very much in use. Ironically, there exists today at least three road oil blenders and distributors right now in the Guilds Lake industrial area. Asphalt, chip sealing as well as dust control depend on it.

  13. Don’t forget that the American Inn condo building on Northrup between 21 and 22nd is the center section of the old 1905 American Inn for the L&C exposition!

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