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[Photograph album of a trip from California to Portland, Oregon by steamer and train] [graphic], [1905]
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Album of amateur photographs documenting a trip by steamship and train from California [San Francisco?] to Portland, Oregon to visit the Lewis and Clark Exposition of 1905.


Title supplied by cataloger.
Probable date from date of Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon.

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The album opens with a shot of the coastal steamer "Cottage City," operated by the Pacific Coast Steamship Company, docked at Kellisner [?] wharf. In another photo, passengers disembark, with their luggage. They board a Southern Pacific Railroad train for Portland, and many of the photos record the views along the route: tall pine forests, the Sacramento River, and a mountain peak, probably Black Butte; Mt. Shasta in the background is not visible here, but its snow-capped peak appears in other of the photos. Several clusters of soda springs are found along the Sacramento River between Dunsmuir and Mt. Shasta; in Shasta Springs, the train stops to let passengers to sample the mineral water from special fountains. From the train, the photographer records a lumber mill on the river, and the newly-sawn boards stacked along the tracks awaiting transport. There are three photos of the colonnade and entrance to the Lewis and Clark Exposition, held in Portland June 1-Oct. 15, 1905 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Also included are photos of the steamer Charles R. Spencer steamer navigating the Cascade Locks east of Portland on the Columbia River, Columbia River rapids, and a tall waterfalls, probably Multnomah Falls, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. The Spencer was a fancy excursion boat that ran the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, between Portland and The Dalles to the east. In two of the photos, travelers admire a tall carved Pacific Northwest Indian totem pole.