By the mid-19th century, the city of Portland was a vibrant cultural center of the West. Through the late 1800s, two world wars and into the modern era, Portland has continued to grow and prosper by overcoming adversity and maintaining the strong, independent culture of its citizens.
This volume, "Historic Photos of Portland," (Turner Publishing Company, $39.99) captures this journey through more than 200 photos from the finest archives of city, state and private collections. From the Civil War to the end of the 19th century and to the building of a modern metropolis, "Historic Photos of Portland" follows life, government, education and events throughout Portland's history. The book captures rare scenes through the original lens of hundreds of historic photographs.
Published in striking black and white, these images communicate historic events and everyday life of two centuries of people building a different and prosperous city.
Donald R. Nelson is a local writer and researcher specializing in Portland history. Published works have appeared in various Portland area publications.