Wicked Portland Amazon page Wicked Portland Amazon page Read Facebook page View Twitter feed Wicked Portland Amazon page Introduction: About the book and how to use it Chapter One: A wide-open frontier city Chapter Two: Portland's municipal rascal Chapter 3: Portland's saloons and gambling dens Chapter 4: North End Girls Chapter 5: America's worst shanghaiing city Chapter 6: Fixing the police Chapter 7: Mayors behaving badly Chapter 8: World's dumbest drug smugglers Chapter 9: Wicked politics Chapter 10: The end of the golden age About the author Switch to mobile-device version of this page Switch to mobile-device version of this page Go to home page The Lost Chapter By Finn J.D. John


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The End of the Golden Age:

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A "Photochrom" image of the view of Portland as seen from Council Crest in 1901. Photochrom was a brand name for a highly sophisticated system of colorizing black-and-white images invented and promoted by a Swiss company, which made Photochrom prints of thousands of places around the world to market to tourists and collectors. (Image: Library of Congress)

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Businesspeople try to carry on with life in a downtown Portland suddenly come to resemble Venice, during the famous flood of 1894. This image is from Third and Washington streets. (Image: Library of Congress)


The story of the great Portland flood of 1894, in an article from the Offbeat Oregon History newspaper column.

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A panoramic lithograph of Portland published in 1888 as a fold-out insert in The West Shore magazine. This is a magnificently detailed sketch of Portland life (in the "respectable" quarter, of course) in the late Victorian age, replete with details of gentlemen on high-wheel "ordinary bicycles" and buggies driving around. (Image: Library of Congress)