Jen Bodendorfer has worked as a freelance editor for 15 years, working with authors, publishers, and small businesses. An English major with a degree from Northern Illinois University, she's had a lifelong love affair with books, reading, and the English language.
Her interest in seeing the world has taken Jen all over the globe, from a yurt in Mongolia, to sleeping on a rooftop in Morocco, to braving the bone-chilling cold of Siberia and beyond. Her journeys afforded her the opportunity to indulge in another favorite pastime, photography. Her photographs have been featured in several travel-themed gallery shows.
In the late 1800s, cable cars were developing into an effective means of transportation in San Francisco. Portland followed suit, but the cable car system eventually proved to be too expensive of a system to maintain and were replaced by trolley cars.
During World War II, thousands of people streamed into Hanford in south central Washington to work on the biggest and most highly classified project of WWII, yet less than 1/10 of 1 percent knew what the plant was actually making.
Dec. 7 is the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. By May of 1942, Americans of Japanese descent were forced to live in internment camps in the U.S.
Photographed by Albert H. Wulzer on a trip to the Columbia Gorge, this block house was built by the army in 1856 to protect troops and settlers at Cascade Rapids. It was abandoned in 1861, coinciding with the start of the Civil War.
The Portland Art Museum opened in 1893 on the second floor of the Portland Library, housing no art, only a collection of art books. The museum opened the Portland Art Museum School in 1909.
Portland, population 10,000 in 1870, was known as a wide open town. Gambling, alcohol, prostitution – anything went. In 1869, 200 liquor licenses were issued, one for every 40 people.
In 1929 a tragic accident resulted in women being banned from competing in the Round-Up for 70 years because the events were deemed too dangerous.
The Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905 brought countless visitors to Portland to marvel at the wonders of the fair. Portland, wanting to be viewed as a safe city, took precautions to protect the perceived vulnerable female population.