19 thoughts on “Mount St. Helens, circa 1892

  1. Great photo looking upriver. The large white building with a cupola in the foreground looks like a school. There is a large long building with a dome in the distance . I wonder if that is an industrial arts exhibit hall.

  2. The file name says the photo shows St. Helens and the construction of the Burnside Bridge (which in the photo looks like the east approach is nearly complete). Wikipedia says construction began in November, 1892 and ended in 1894. If this is correct this photo is more likely to have been taken in the winter or spring (note how much snow on St. Helens) of either 1893 or 1894.

  3. Thanks, Val – I thought that looked like a grandstand! Do you know where it was located? I think that must be Alameda ridge, right? It’s amazing to see the topography without buildings – such a prominent feature of the landscape.

  4. ssssteven your time frame looks to be correct. The bridge opened July 4, 1894, and this notice was published in the Oregonian on April 14, 1894.

    Notice to Steamboat Men
    The river channel on the West Side of the pivot pier at Burnside bridge will be closed until further notice to allow the erection of the west span of the bridge. The Bullen Bridge Company, by C. A. Bullen

  5. Madison bridge in foreground, later replaced by Hawthorne; Morrison; Burnside (under construction, missing western span). All 3 were swing bridges.

  6. The bridge in the foreground is the Madison street bridge that was replaced by the Hawthorne. The next bridge would be the original Morrison bridge that opened in 1887, and was replaced in 1905 and 1958. The bridge with the west span missing is the original Burnside bridge that opened in 1894, and was replaced in the 1920’s

  7. Herbert A. Hale copyrighted this photo in 1899. He also took the widely-known photo of Mt Hood from the City Park posted here a couple weeks ago.

  8. Portland’s population at this time was something like 55,193 people.
    In 1889, The Oregonian called Portland “the most filthy city in the Northern States”, due to the unsanitary sewers and gutters, and, at the turn of the 20th century, it was considered one of the most dangerous port cities in the world. The city housed a large number of saloons, bordellos, gambling dens, and boardinghouses which were populated with miners after the California Gold Rush, as well as the multitude of sailors passing through the port.
    Here is a sample of monthly wages that men who worked abroad ships made around this time.
    Mates: $75, Quartermasters: $45, Boatsswain: $45, Purser: $110, Watchman: $50
    Deck Hands: $35, Cook: $100, Asst. Cook: $50, Chief Steward: $90,
    2nd. Steward: $60, Flunkies: $20, Officers Messman: $35, Crew Messman: $35

  9. Six score and nine years ago, the people of Portland were beginning to fall in love–with roses, electricity, and trolleys. Throngs of vociferous women, under signs of Sacagawea, began their third decade demanding suffrage and supporting temperance–slowly adding more men to their movement. And the vice-dominated waterfront of brothels, bars, vagabonds and rubbish, would soon be bathed by The Great Flood of 1894.

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