16 thoughts on “Lewis and Clark Exposition, 1905

  1. The photographer appears to be at an elevated spot, very close to the intersection of what is today NW Nicolai and NW 28th Avenue. Here’s the approximate view today. I used 2015 because you can see the deciduous versus evergreen trees, and I wonder if any of those seen in the 1905 image survive on the slope below Montgomery Park today–some of the pine trees certainly line up, like the large Douglas Fir at the far right of the google map image, possibly the others too.

    In fact, this photo could be taken from the top of the “Diving Elks” exhibition, or one of the neighboring attractions at the the start of “The Trail” which heads toward the “Bridge of Nations”…

  2. Am I correct to be placing today’s Montgomery Park in the approximate location of the domed building in this photo?

  3. The domed building on the left is the Agricultural Building. Today’s Montgomery Park building would be centered between the buildings on the right, the Foreign Palace (European), Washington, and behind it, the Oriental Palace. So, picture it behind the tall tree in today’s pic. I think.

  4. wplolorenziprince— The photo of the building you posted was built in 1904 and was known the Hotel Fairmount, but was not on the exposition grounds, but was located outside the the main entrance at NW 26th and Upshur and obviously built to for the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition. The Hotel Fairmount advertised daily in the Oregon Journal to attract exposition guest.

    First ad published in Oregon Journal May 21, 1905

    Hotel Fairmount

    26th and Upshur Streets — Will Be Open for Guest, Thursday May 25th
    Opposite Main Entrance to Lewis and Clark Exposition
    Only absolutely fireproof hotel adjoining grounds, equipped with electric callbells and special telephonic communications for patrons. Uniformed porters and bellboys at all hours at guests service.

    Rates $1 a Day and Up — W. H. Lattin General Manager
    150 Elegant Rooms Open for Guest

  5. McMenamin’s St Johns Pub at 8203 N Ivanhoe which was the National Cash Register building at the exposition was donated to a church that held their services in a tent at the St Johns location. The NCR building had been built for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition (aka St. Louis World’s Fair) and moved and reassembled in Portland. After the exposition the Massachusetts State building was moved to the North Slope of Mt. Tabor and used as a sanatorium, and later a private residence, which fell into disrepair and is said to have burned down in the 1950’s. This building per a 1940 newspaper story was located at SE 66th & Belmont. The VP photo on June 11, 2019 shows this building.

  6. In the image, the two blurred individuals at the top right of the staircase, bottom right of frame, looks to be a police officer questioning the individual that’s leaning against the light pole while writing the information down.
    The area in 1905 sure appears to be a much more pleasant venue then than it seems to be today. Thanks to Thorn for the visual comparison.

  7. Here’s the Massachusetts building after being relocated to Mt. Tabor. The streetcar in the foreground is running up what is now Belmont, the Jocelyn house/sanitarium was really located close to Scott Drive and SE 67th.

  8. I’ve read one source that says the Massachusetts Building–after moving to Mt. Tabor to be the Jocelyn House–either burned down completely or part of it became part of the Western Seminary. Anybody know the facts?

    Also, just gotta re-mention the Aurora Bank building as another surviving structure from the 1905 fair. I’ve also heard the barber shop next to the Fairmount Apartments is also in a fair-adjacent building that survives, but again, I’ll leave that to the master researchers.

  9. Thorn here is what I found on the historic Aurora State Bank, which is located at 21690 Main St NE, and is the current location of Pheasant Run Winery & Tasting.
    If you look at the map of the fair grounds, and the list of buildings there is no bank building, but I read that the building that became the bank was #26 Utility Building on the map. News archives after the fair said most buildings would be demolished and the materials sold as salvage, since these buildings were not built to be permanent structures and the cost of moving the building would be to high.

    Oregon Journal December 1, 1905 page 3

    New Aurora Bank Building—Aurora OR, December 1 –After a lay off of several days waiting for material, work has been resumed on the new building for Aurora State Bank. The building will be 24’X54′, two stories built of concrete, and will add greatly to the appearance of Main street.

    The Aurora Historic District Inventory wrote this regarding the bank
    (Excerpt) Hugo Keil, who was 13 in 1905, recalled in a 1985 interview with Patrick Harris that this building came to Aurora from the Lewis and Clark Exposition. “I was standing there looking at it when it came in on the train” The cement blocks also matched other known Lewis and Clark Exposition buildings.

    It appears the bank was reconstructed and used as a bank building from salvage materials from the Exposition

  10. Awesome Dennis! I could never figure it out, and that makes perfect sense, being a utility building, which is why the Pheasant Run history section leaves that detail unmentioned. And though it doesn’t appear on the fairground map above or does it?!), there are some interesting utility buildings, some I’m not quite sure what they are: Windstacker, Bee Deposit Detector, and Hyd. Gravel Elv.

    And in regards to my Massachusetts Building query, one of the sources contacted me and said they were incorrect, the Western Seminary does not include any remnants.

  11. Thorn if you Google “The Official Guide to the Lewis and Clark Exposition” Smithsonian Libraries has a 68 page copy of the official 1905 guide to the fair. Also under the same heading they have a 28 page of photos of many buildings.
    In the 68 page guide the building near the entrance labeled utilities on the map shown above it is labeled “Press Office”, but they also do not show a bank at the fair that I noticed. This official guide has the most extensive list of exhibitors, and activities that I have every seen.
    Under the map on the Official Guide listed with concessions is “The Miracle Pressed Stone Co.,-Utility Building-Post Office. and would have been located in the area near Davenport Farm/ Experimental Gardens on the above map. In the Official Guide The Miracle Stone Co. has a photo of a single story concrete building with a corner entrance like the Aurora State Bank.

    I’am going to speculate that since The Miracle Stone Co, Utility Bldg & Post Office are grouped together that they may have all been built of “Miracle Stone” and were disassembled after the fair and the concrete stones were shipped to Aurora to build the new bank.

  12. Thorn a correction on the location of The Miracle Press Stone Building, it is located next to the mining building # 7 on the map above.

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