Jen Bodendorfer

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.

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Chapman Street cable line, Portland Heights in Northwest Portland. Only one line went up this steep grade. 1905.

Oregon Historical Photo: Portland's Chapman Streetcar

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.  


A Klamath Indian chief in a feather headdress stands on a mountain overlooking Crater Lake in 1923, long considered a sacred spot by local tribes. In 1902, the lake became a national park thanks to William Gladstone Steel, who for 17 years petitioned Congress to protect the natural wonder.

Oregon Historical Photo: Klamath Chief

Over a 20-year period in the early 20th century, Edward S. Curtis took thousands of photos, including this one of a Klamath tribal member, as part of “the North American Indian project.” 

Three boys pose, most likely near Grants Pass, for Amos Voorhies, an entrepreneur and newspaperman whose style was very unique for his day. Voorhies featured everyday people in their natural surroundings.

Oregon Historical Photo: 3 Boys

Entrepreneur and newspaperman Amos Voorhies took an impressive number of photos featuring everyday people in their natural surroundings — subject matter that was very unique for the time.

Nessim Menashe in front of his new and secondhand shoe store in Northwest Portland, which operated until 1921. Circa 1916.

Oregon Historical Photo: Menashe Shoes

Jewish immigrant Nessim Menashe arrived in the US in 1909 and traveled to the Pacific Northwest soon after. By 1914, he had established this small shop in NW Portland.

Oregon Historical Photo: Women's Barracks At Hanford

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.

Block House at the Upper Cascades on the Columbia River. Photographed by Albert H Wulzen, 1887.

Oregon Historical Photo: Block House On Columbia River

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.