[Photograph album of a trip from California to Portland, Oregon by steamer and train] [graphic], 
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Title: [Photograph album of a trip from California to Portland, Oregon by steamer and train] [graphic]
Date (inclusive): 
Collection number: 94/020
B.W. Merrill, Boston, Mass.
1 album (80 photographic prints) : gelatin silver, 24 x 29 cm (album)
Photographs (approximately 6 x 18.5 cm) are mounted to rectos of leaves of heavy black paper, three to a page; captions in
faded white ink below some of the photographs. A single photograph (12 x 17.5 cm) of unidentified houses at water's edge of
a river or bay is laid in, stamped on verso with photographer's name: "Photographed by B.W. Merrill, Boston, Mass."
Bound in limp red suede covers, laced together with red suede leather ties; tooled illustration on upper cover of a poinsettia
flower and title "Photos."
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell box.
Abstract: 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.
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Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
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[Identification of item], [Photograph album of a trip from California to Portland, Oregon by steamer and train] [graphic]
(Collection 94/020). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Cottage City (Steamer: 1905)--Photographs.
Charles R. Spencer (Steamer: 1905)--Photographs.
Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition (1905 : Portland, Or.)--Photographs.
Totem poles--Northwest, Pacific--Photographs.
Locks (Hydraulic engineering)--Columbia River--Photographs.
Sacramento River (Calif.)--Photographs.
Multnomah Falls (Or.)--Photographs.
Cascade Locks (Or.)--Photographs.
Mount Shasta (Calif.)--Photographs.
Genres and Forms of Material
Gelatin silver prints.
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.
Scope and Content Note
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.