11 thoughts on “Lewis and Clark Exposition, 1905

  1. Going through the “Related” posts for this, I came across a comment posted on March 5, 2020 by Keegan, which I’ll reproduce here. I just checked the link to Keegan’s GIF and it still works — it’s wonderful!

    “Inspired by Igor’s link to the old Expo map, I tried to create a quick and dirty GIF fading from the map to a modern day aerial. The center is nearly spot on, though the edges get pretty wonky: https://imgur.com/a/wTPRCTw –“

  2. Great photo. I too love the early Portland images.
    I live near the Expo entrance and was very happy that the all wood frame Hotel Fairmount (across from the old entrance) received a major renovation.

  3. I felt better about these beautiful bygone buildings when I learned that they were very quickly and cheaply built, and not meant to last.

  4. Portland’s Lewis & Clark Expo was nothing more than a huge publicity stunt. The fact that the buildings were cheaply made is no justification in my mind for not keeping the buildings around, finding another use for them – cheap buildings should be cheap to maintain as well. The setting was pleasing to the eye, not ugly and industrial as it is today.
    The city thought of everything, they even had wheelchairs parked outside near the benches.

  5. Liz, nice GIF but there are problems, no doubt with the Lewis & Clark site map. Case in point; the map shows the Montgomery Park building in the same spot as the Forestry Building however, those two buildings both existed for years across the street from each other. Also, check the non-alignment of Vaughn and Upshure.

  6. Thanks, Brian — the “Well done!” belongs to Keegan, who originally posted the link to the GIF on March 5.

  7. I’ve got a friend who says he’s got a couple of exposition planters in his yard. The previous owner had left them on the property. Has anyone any idea of how some of these things got pieced out? Upon inspection the planters look to be the same size and shape. They have the faces on either side. They do not have the garland wreaths like I’ve seen in photos.

  8. The OSU Special Collections has a fantastic detailed map of the site.

    Be sure to click twice to zoom in twice to get all the detail. Also if you mouse over various buildings there are links to photos from the OSU collection which is worth scrolling through.

    Also, on this map you can see that one corner of the Forestry Building is almost into the future right-of-way of Upshur which was not yet extended. When it was, the Forestry Building was still there, and to this day you can see that the north edge of Upshur curves into the street, narrowing it at that point which as done to give enough setback to the corner of the Forestry Building. It’s really obvious if you walk along that stretch as there is a slightly curving retaining wall and sidewalk there.

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