26 thoughts on “Mt. Hood, circa 1898

  1. From the apparent elevation and lining up Portland HS (SW14 and SW Morrison) with Mt. Tabor my best guess is this was taken from near Reservoir 4 which was completed ~1894. Nice, crisp photo.

  2. Apologies Portland Hotel is mid-right partly obscure by tree – not as I posted med-left as DJ queried, Thanks,

  3. Thanks for your insights, everyone. What is the ornate building with the pitched-roof towers in the center of the photo?

  4. The height of Portland Goth: From wonderful church steeples to the cast iron fronted buildings. So much beautiful architecture. Great photo!

  5. Oh…I see…you’ve left me a clue. It’s Portland High School, at SW 14th and Morrison. I found additional info on the Oregon History Project website.

  6. Is that the Oregonian building between the High School and Portland Hotel? The one with the tower with what looks like a clock?

  7. Easily one of my favorite VP pics ever. The deforested Tabor, the trolleys–so that’s Washington? I’m curious to know what all the major buildings are…like the hanger-sized one bottom left, the square one behind the School with what looks like a square clock tower, and the black one left of the Portland Hotel…

  8. I liked seeing the trolley cars seen in the photo and Mt. Hood does appear to have quite a nice head of snow on it.

    In 1898, Portland received 4 inches of snow on December 31.

  9. I agree that is West Burnside Trolley. Photo was taken perhaps on the North end of Washington Park on the hill West of Zupans Shopping Center ( Vista/Burnside.) Sighting east along present day Burnside hits that saddle of Mt Tabor nicely. That still preserves that angle on Portland High School on 14th/Morrison. I could not find any references for an Industrial Exhibition Hall?

  10. truly some beautiful architecture un like now a days where everything glass & metal plastic & boxy & cold modern crap the city is now a bowl of puss dump heap of riot trashed boarded up hell hole ! now

  11. The large building in the foreground is the Industrial Exposition Building which had it’s cornerstone laid in June 1888, and by 1910 it was considered a fire trap, and in fact did burn on July 14, 1910 with the loss of human life, and at least 188 horses stabled in the building. The building fronted on Washington St. (now known as West Burnside) between 19th & 20th and spread thru several blocks destroying hotels, rooming houses, residences and the Multnomah Club.

    Oregonian July 14, 1910 Page 4
    Multnomah Club Destroyed and Nearby Business Property
    Tower of Bishop Scott Academy Blazes Up Few Minutes After Fire Starts– Fire Department Calls out All Men.

    Frank R Rice of Oregon City is dead. He was with three other men sleeping in Fashion Stables. It is not known if others escaped. A young man terribly burned was taken from Exposition Building and rushed to St. Vincent’s Hospital. He will die. His name is known.
    Fire broke out in the Exposition Building at 12:50 this morning. It was destroyed and seven blocks were ablaze at 2 o’clock.
    There are several more stories in Oregonian and Oregon Journal, and the Journal has a map of the area damaged by the fire on page 1 July 14, 1910.

  12. Historic Architecture at its all time best !! Gothic revival Victorian Romansque Italianate neoclassical Keep Portland beautiful & preserved

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