Portland's Lost Waterfront: Tall Ships, Steam Mills and Sailors' Boardinghouses

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Today, Portland, Oregon, is a city of majestic bridges crisscrossing the deep swath of the Willamette River. A century ago, riverboat pilots would have witnessed a flurry of stevedores and longshoremen hurrying along the wharves. Situated as the terminus of sea lanes and railroads, with easy access to the wheat fields, sawmills and dairies of the Willamette Valley, Portland quickly became a rich and powerful seaport. As the city changed, so too did the role of the sailor--once bartered by shanghai masters, later elevated to well-paid and respected mariner. Drawing on primary source material, previously unpublished photographs and thirty-three years of waterfront work, local author Barney Blalock recalls the city's vanished waterfront in these tales of sea dogs, salty days and the river's tides.
ISBN: 9781609495954
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Oregon
Series: Lost
Images: 75
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Barney Blalock is the great grandson of pioneer settlers to Tillamook County. He was born in central Oregon, raised in Yokohama, Japan, and finally came to settle in Portland. After working on the Portland waterfront for thirty three years inspecting export grain for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Barney retired to a life of writing and web management.
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