Here is a Trolley Glossary, Bibliography, Library, and some References. We apologize for not having our sources fully identified. Contributions welcome!

This is a collection of material gathered during research. Only a portion is used on the web pages.

Part of map-schematic from Labbe book

My goal is to have a Thumbnail image of each image and map, and a long description for each item.


F Line

[PNG] Brier Trench overlaid on Apple map of area [size]
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BrierTrench.png

[PNG] Simplified map showing tracks going through Carson Heights [size]
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CarsonHeights.png

[PNG] Simplified map showing tracks going through Fulton Park [size]
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FultonParkTracks.png

[PNG] Simplified map showing tracks going from Slavin to Brier trench [size]
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Slavin-to-Brier.png

[PNG] Simplified map showing tracks going from top of Taylor's Ferry Road to Greenwood Hills Cemetery entrance [size]
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ToGreenWoodHills.png


N-S Line

[JPG] Simple map showing N-S_Line running from approx Hamilton to lower River View Cemetery [size]
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N-S_Line.jpg

[JPG] Simple map showing the Southern End of the N-S Line [size]
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N-S_South_End.jpg

[jpeg] Shows N-S Line Car 31 at Seymour, from RTPS p71 [size]
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N-S-Car31-Seymour-RTPSp71.jpeg


N-S Line Pullout at RVC

[JPG] Shows a modern CRV parked in the pullout that was the Southern End of the N-S line. [size]
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CRVatPULLOUT.jpg

[JPG] Looking down into Stephens Creek from the end-of-the-line pullout. [size]
This is one of the confluences of tributaries of Stephens creek. One coming from the left is from Bertha Blvd - passed under Barbur and I-5 then below Fulton Park and behind River View ABBEY. The one coming down hill is minor - begins at the GAR cemetery and runs downhill along Taylor's Ferry Road, the combined flow continues for just a short ways to pass under Macadam, and into the Willamette at Butterfly Park.
SCreekJan2021.jpg


Air Photos

[jpeg] Barbur and Terwilliger. WPA 1937 Air Photo 1277x961 [size]
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Barbur-and-Terwilliger-WPA-1937-1277x961.jpeg

[JPG] Barbur and Terwilliger. WPA 1937 Air Photo 5718x3401 [size]
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Barbur-Burlingame-Viaduct-WPA-1937-5718x3401.JPG

[JPG] Air photo? of Barbur and Terwilliger in 1947 [size]
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BarburTerwilliger1947.jpg

[PNG] Below Slavin - Continuation of Brier Trench visible here [size]
I believe I have seen this feature on foot while exploring Slavin Road. One can go down to it. It is just above I-5 at this point. A grove of young-ish identical trees are growing in the trench, as if planted there.
BelowSlavin.png

[JPG] Magnificent Air Photo of Johns Landing, Year? [size]
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JohnsLanding.jpg

[JPG] Barbur+Terwilliger - famous Malfunction Junction [size]
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Malfunction-Junction.jpg

[JPG] Marquam Gulch Trestle 2000px wide [size]
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MarquamGulchTrestle2000.jpg

[JPG] Marquam Gulch Trestle 4000px wide [size]
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MarquamGulchTrestle4000.jpg

[JPG] Ross Islandaerial, 1950 [size]
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Ross-Island-aerial-1950.jpg


Old Photos

[JPG] Fulton Powerhouse, 1890 [371 K]
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FultonPowerhouse1890.jpg


Modern Photos

[JPG] Corbett Ramp taken 12/2020. 950x512 [size]
Folklore has it this was built for a street car. This does not seem to be the case!
CorbettRamp950x512.jpg

[JPG] Corbett Ramp Grade geometry - run vs rise [size]
See the Special Features section.
CorbettRampGrade.jpg

[JPG] Measuring the Corbett Ramp Grade [size]
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RampLevel.jpg

[jpeg] Old Piers below Barbur Blvd Viaduct [size]
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OldPier.jpeg

[JPG] Old Piers below Barbur Blvd Viaduct [size]
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PiersUnderBB.jpg

[PNG] Google Street View at SW Brier Place, looking down into Trench! [7MB]
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SW-Brier-Place-7MB.png

[JPG] Google Street View at SW Brier Place as smaller JPG image [1.4 MB]
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SW-Brier-Place.jpg

[JPG] Vermont Trestle - old piers [1.7 MB]
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VermontTrestlePiers.jpg

[JPG] Vermont Trestle - old piers cropped [634 K]
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VermontTrestlePiersCropped.jpg


Labbe Book Photos

[JPG] Cemeteries Station in Upper River View Cemetery [200K]
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CemeteriesStation.jpg

[jpeg] Fulton Power House drawing from Oregonian, Jan 1, 1891 [size]
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FultonPowerHouse-Scan.jpeg

[JPG] Fulton Power House drawing from Oregonian, Jan 1, 1891 [size]
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FultonPowerHouse.jpg

[JPG] Fulton PowerHouse FullSize image [1.1 MB]
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FultonPowerHouseFullSize.jpg

[jpeg] Metropolita-Rwy-North-end-LabbeP68.jpeg [size]
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Metropolita-Rwy-North-end-LabbeP68.jpeg

[JPG] Metropolitan Railway Car, Oregonian, Jan 1, 1891 [size]
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MetropolitanOregonian.jpg

[JPG] Metropolitan Trestle, Labbe Page 97 [size]
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MetropolitanTrestle-Labbe-97.jpg

[JPG] MRC Fulton Park Car 12 [size]
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MRC-FultonPark-12.jpg

[JPG] MRC Fulton Park car 27 [size]
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MRC-FultonPark-27.jpg

[JPG] Metropolitan Railway Schematic from Labbe pg 72 [size]
Drawing by Alexander B Ceres.
MRR-map.jpg


Lidar Images

[PNG] Brier Trench Lidar image [size]
From DOGAMI Lidar Viewer
Brier-Trench-Lidar.png

[PNG] Custer Lidar Image showing four curious lumps [250K]
From DOGAMI Lidar Viewer. Lines added that somewhat obscure the trench in the image.
CusterLidar.png

[PNG] Along F Line below Slavin, more apparent trench. [size]
From DOGAMI Lidar Viewer
F-Slavin-long.png


Map Collection (1890s - 1943)

[PDF] 1892 City Auditor's Map [size]
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1892-City-Auditor.pdf

[JPG] 1894 Portland Paving Map [size]
January 1,1894
1894-paving-map-of-portland-january-1-1894.jpg

[JPG] 1894 Portland Paving Map (Large File) [32MB!]
January 1, 1894
1894-portland_paving_map_32MB.jpg

[PNG] 1901 Harvard Map of some kind (cropped from larger image) [442K]
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[JPG] 1901 Harvard Map of some kind, full image [1.7 MB]
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1901-Harvard.jpg

[PNG] 1909 Sanborn Map Sheet-179 showing a Wooden trestle at Slavin [606 KB]
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1909-Sanborn-Sheet-179-Wooden-trestle-at-Slavin-BROWN.png

[PDF] 1912 Map of Portland and Vicinity [725 KB]
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1912-Map-of-Portland-and-Vicinity.pdf

[PDF] 1914 OR Oregon City, Topographic map [11.1 MB]
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1914-OR_Oregon-City.pdf

[JPG] 1943 Portland Traction Company Trolley Map [7.5 MB]
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1943-trolley-map-portland-traction-co.jpg

[PNG] 1894 paving map detail [size]
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1894-paving-map-detail.png

[PNG] 1894 Portland paving map cropped [size]
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1894-Portland-paving-map-cropped.jpg

[PNG] 1894 Portland Paving Map showing F Line [size]
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1894-Portland-Paving-Map-F-Line.jpg

[32 MB pdf] Fanciful Bird's eye view of Fulton Park, by Elliot Publishing Co [35.2 MB!!]
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ElliotPubCo.pdf

[PNG] Fulton Park Cropped from Elliott Publishing Co map [1.2 MB]
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[PNG] Fulton Park from Elliott Publishing Co map wider crop [10.2 MB!]
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[PNG] Rumsey Map Collection, showing Slavin Road [387 KB]
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[JPG] Reduced and cropped LOMBARD Map of properties For Sale in Fulton Park [180 KB]
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LOMBARD-FOR-SALE.jpg

[PNG] LOMBARD Map of properties For Sale in Fulton Park [4.5 MB]
Rcvd from OHS Staff as several photocopy scans that JM pieced together.
LOMBARD-2+3.png


Oregonian Clips

My goal is to transcribe these low grade scans so they are easier to read.

[PDF] 1889 August, Grading of line done [size]
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1889-August-grading-of-line-done.pdf

[PDF] 1889 December, Trip to Powerhouse [size]
This trip contains some very useful and interesting observations from an outing to Fulton Park, and touring the Powerhouse.
1889-December-trip-to-powerhouse.pdf

[PDF] 1889 May 13, Developers have obtained easements [size]
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1889-May-13-have-easements.pdf

[PDF] 1890 April, City turns down water request [97 KB]
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1890-April-city turns down water request.pdf

[PDF] 1890 March, Route cleared, good traffic [size]
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1890-March-route-cleared,good-traffic.pdf

[PDF] Electric Street Railways #1 [size]
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Electric_Street_Railways_1.pdf

[PDF] Electric Street Railways #2 [size]
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Electric_Street_Railways_2.pdf

[PDF] (Law) Suit to Build on Connecticut [size]
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Suit_to_Build_on_Connecticut.pdf

[PDF] The Line to Fulton Park 1 [size]
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The_Line_to_Fulton_Park_1.pdf

[PDF] The Line to Fulton Park 2 [size]
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The_Line_to_Fulton_Park_2.pdf


Source Quips from Labbe Book

I may just put all these on a web page, in plain text.


Miscellaneous

[PNG] Old Wall vestige of Oregon Electric line [2.2 MB]
This retaining wall was left in place when I-5 was constructed in 1961, but replaced when the freeway viaducts were rebuilt and widened in 2010! See newsletter article below.
OldWall-OE.png

[PDF] TrainMaster Newsletter, October 2010, pages 10-11 only [836 KB]
This newsletter article described the old retaining wall built in 1913, and implies that an effort to rescue one or both of the '1913 Date Blocks' succeeded. Whereabout unknown to us at this writing.
TrainMaster-2010-10-pgs10-11.pdf

[JPG] N-S Line ticket, scanned from Richard Thompson Street Car Lines book.
N-S-Line-Ticket.jpg


One Marked Up Topo Map (1)

[PNG] Old Topographic map with Curious road (pre-Terwilliger) [1.5 MB]
Yellow Arc highlights a road that seemingly curves from the entrance of Beth Israel to the entrance of Greenwood Hills Cemetery. What was that about? Other curious early roads. No Trolley Tracks shown. (Need to identify this topo map.)
TOPOYellowArc.png


External Websites

  • Greenwood Hills Cemetery Newsletter, April 2013, with the trolley story. [PDF]
  • Multnomhah Historical Association (External Site). This page on the Metropolitan Railway insists that the Corbett Ramp is an abandoned right-of-way of the MRC. Folklore in Johns Landing. [LINK]
  • PDX History on Southwest Hills (External Site) [LINK]
  • Cemeteries in Southwest Portland, in or bordering Collins View. [LINK]