Each week Oregon Experience shares a photo highlighting the state’s diverse, exciting history.
In 1897 Amos Voorhies became the owner of the Rogue River Courier in Grants Pass. As the paper expanded he bought the Kodak store, including all the photography equipment, below the newspaper office. Not one to let a business opportunity go to waste, he started selling cameras as well as producing the paper. It wasn’t long before he started taking photos as well. Voorhies traveled all over the area on his bike taking glass plate photographs. His style was very unique and featured everyday people in their surroundings, which are of great interest to modern day historians.
Watch the Oregon Experience documentary “Capturing Oregon’s Frontier” to learn more about the vast collection of Amos Voorhies’ photos.