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Portland Transportation History


So much of how we live, and the development of the places where we live, is shaped by transportation.  But how did the transportation system develop?  What laid the groundwork of our roads and  what shapes the future?

Image: Bennett Plan of 1912

Steve Dotterer, a longtime City of Portland employee and current Principal Planner in the Bureau of Planning, has put together a fantastic presentation on Portland's transportation history.  Although Steve is the one who truly makes our history come alive with his knowledge and expertise, the images from his presentation are riveting as well.

A pdf of his Powerpoint presentation, with nearly 100 images of Portland's past, is available on-line.  It is well worth checking out.


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October 15, 2008 at 3:45 PM

That is a great collection of photos. I was wondering if there is an annotation list that I could see to reference some of the photos - i.e. building name, location, date?


Scott Cohen

October 15, 2008 at 3:56 PM

You may be able to find some of the annotation here - But most of the presentation is in Steve's head, as I mentioned in the post.

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