Portland Waterfront, 1905

Steamboats at the west side of the waterfront, near the Morrison Bridge, before the harbor wall was built, 1905.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2004-002.2485.

City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2004-002.2485.


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10 thoughts on “Portland Waterfront, 1905

  1. Look at all those tourists! A quick search yields a story in the Morning Oregonian, August 11, 1905 with these sentences:

    The Bailey Gatzert could not accommodate all the excursionists who sought passage on her yesterday morning and about, SO were picked up by the Undine, which made a landing at Alder Street dock immediately after the Gatzert left.

    Dally round trip to Cascade Locks, steamer Bailey Gatzert. leaves 8:30 A.M.. returns 5:30 P. M. Dock foot of Alder st. Phone Main 014.

    Fun to see how few digits were needed to make a phone call back then!

  2. This is a great one! Of course, I’m partial to the river photos. lol
    Liz: Thanks for taking the time to look up the news article. 🙂
    Happy Friday everyone.

  3. With that much congestion I am surprised they do not have all their drop timbers/bumper boards down. A wonder what the proper term for them is ~

  4. You can still experience the Willamette and the Columbia from a sternwheeler. During the summer, the boat is moored at Cascade Locks, but they do “repositioning” cruises at the beginning and end of the tourist season. We were on the Portland-to-Cascade Locks sternwheeler cruise in the spring a few years ago and it was really, really interesting to see things from the river viewpoint. It takes most of the day and includes two meals plus a comfortable bus back to the starting point in Portland. This year’s spring date is Saturday, April 8 http://www.portlandspirit.com/sternwheelertocascadelocks.php

  5. Thanks for posting this. I love seeing the details of the steamboats. It gives a feeling of being there.

    Lance, I believe the proper term for those timbers is fenders. In most photos they are all in the up position. This one shows why they were needed.

  6. This was during the height of the Lewis and Clark Exposition, (June 1, 1905 – October 15, 1905) . At only a little more than two and half miles from the site of the exposition, (as the crow flies). This would have been a great opportunity for a day trip to see the beautiful Columbia River Gorge for fair goers.

  7. So the highs in Portland on Aug. 5th-8th, 1905 was 88-90. On the 10th (the probable date of the photo courtesy of #Liz) it was only 76 but I’m sure people were itching to get out of town to go someplace cooler. Since Lewis & Clark was in full swing that would include lots of tourists.

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