10 thoughts on “Reservoir 4, 1897

  1. This is too much work with just shovels! Gee I pity these poor workers. How the times have changed for some of us..

  2. Photographer: Okay gents, can you hear me? Gents: Yeah, yes…
    Photographer: Get your shovels in the ground like you’re working…look up here…that’s right, good…on three….1…2…3. Okay, got it…thank you. Gents: [thinking, I wish I had his job].

  3. side note – does anyone know if, after the trees were cut off the surrounding hills (1850 – 1890), local papers or any memoirs made note of major slides? if something like the 1996 event had happened to those treeless slopes, i’d imagine the amount of earth moving should catch someone’s attention…

  4. Yes, noticed the lack of vegetation on hills by slides. The old growth trees are gone. Portland earned it’s name ‘Stump Town.”.

  5. Mike— Up hill from the reservoir #4 in this photo is the rose test garden and tennis courts, and west of the tennis courts was the old Portland Zoo which is now the Japanese Garden. VP photo on February 2, 2015 is a 1940 aerial view of the reservoirs, and rose test garden, and these building were not part of the zoo. Related photos to reservoir #4 can be seen in VP photo dates September 4, 2018 & August 13, 2018.

  6. The herringbone pattern on the hillside only helps to more evenly disperse any water that falls onto the slope and its effectiveness is dependent on the surface depth of the structure and how much water is present. There are many soil types and they all have their saturation points. Clay content is another important element. When soil reaches saturation, it swells and becomes quite heavy and it can collapse at the top and everything just slips downward on a slippery layer of clay that lies in a deeper layer of the hillside. Surface plants can help too, but it won’t eliminate the problem either.

  7. Wow! What a disaster. This photo has to be taken before more men and equipment later arrived. Then there is the issue of continuing slide.

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