Every week, Oregon Experience shares a photo highlighting the state's diverse, exciting history. All photos are courtesy of The Oregon Historical Society.
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July 28, 2014 midnight
Fish wheels on the Columbia River allowed huge numbers of salmon to be collected, canned and sold as cheap, nutritious food. But over a half-century, these technologies decimated the salmon population and contributed to the decline of native communities and culture.
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July 21, 2014 midnight
Portland was once one of the nation’s foremost “streetcar cities,” boasting public transit that was cheap, convenient and popular. For decades the system was an integral part of everyday life, linking people to work, commerce and recreation.
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July 14, 2014 midnight
The Modoc War along the Oregon-California border in 1872-73 was one of the most dramatic American Indian battles in U.S. history. This story made headlines from San Francisco to London as outnumbered Native Americans fought Army soldiers over land and the fate of their people.
Courtesy of Oregon Historical Society/Photo File 1131-B
July 07, 2014 11:30 a.m.
One of the many motivations behind the women’s suffrage movement was the regulation of public health and safety. In the summer of 1912, Oregon social worker Caroline Gleason went undercover to investigate working conditions for women.
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June 16, 2014 midnight
In the 1930s, archaeologist Dr. Luther Cressman contacted the postmaster of Paisley, Lake County, in his search for ancient rock art in south-central Oregon. Over a period of three years, Cressman and a fellow researcher documented petroglyphs and pictographs in 60 sites across the state.
June 09, 2014 midnight
The John Cook Saloon, once located on SW Pine in Portland, was one of hundreds of saloons in operation in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Learn more about the history of Portland saloons.
June 02, 2014 10:45 a.m.
In 1912, philanthropist Simon Benson installed the Benson Bubbler drinking fountains in downtown Portland. Learn more about the folklore behind the historic fountains.
Oregon Historical Society. Photo File 129, folder 5
May 27, 2014 11:30 a.m.
In June 1903, a Woodlawn streetcar derailed from its tracks near the Burnside Bride leaving two women injured. Learn more about the accident and historic Portland streetcars.
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May 19, 2014 midnight
A little over a century ago, Portland’s Chinatown was geographically the largest in the nation. It was also internationally notorious. Find out more about the secret societies thought to have affiliations with Chinese crime gangs.
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May 12, 2014 midnight
A photo from 1898 captures the city of Portland's emerging Eastside. Learn more about the city of East Portland's brief history.