The Lewis and Clark Exposition was held in Portland in 1905, shortly after the Laraways moved to Hood River. This was the event that put Portland on the map, and you can be sure anyone in Hood River who had the means traveled to Portland to tour the exhibits. It's also not surprising W.F. Laraway brought his camera equipment.
My grandparents were married New Years Day in 1906. They went by train to the Expo on their honeymoon. I have a beautiful vase that my grandfather ought my grandmother to remember their visit to the Expo.
Though all of this was gone when I was a child, I remember the big log forestry building across from the then Montgomery Wards. Sadly, being a child when I went through there, probably more than once, I wasn't paying much attention. I do recall thinking it was a very dark, somewhat spooky place. I do recall when it burned, the last building of the Expo.
Charlott on 2nd April 2021 @ 7:07am
Reminds me of the Chicago World's Fair a little bit.
Kyle on 2nd April 2021 @ 7:49am
Any information about when these expositions started and where?
nels on 2nd April 2021 @ 8:00am
some of us Docents at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, when we get back to working regular, talk about the Exposition and that our OR&N 197/UP3203 locomotive was purchased by the railroad to carry the crush of visitors to the expo. certainly a big deal.....there is at least one expo building still in existence, the St. Johns McMennimins....originally the National Cash Register building that was barged across the Willamette and horse pulled up to St. Johns. I also visited the forestry building but the memory is vague. GREAT picture!
the concept of the city of roses came from the city council wanting to spiff up the city for this event by planting roses all around the city....(time to do this again!)
Arlen L Sheldrake on 2nd April 2021 @ 8:41am
If you didn't know where this picture was taken, you might think it is some European capital. I was born and raised in Portland. I too have a vague recollection of visiting the old log Forestry Building as a small child in the early 1960's, before it burned down in 1964. My grandmother lived in an apartment near there and worked at Montgomery Wards through the 1960's. Old memories that I haven't thought about in a long time.
kmb on 2nd April 2021 @ 12:10pm
I remember my dad being very sad when the Forestry building burned.
My husband’s grandmother often talked about the L&C Exposition with great fondness. It must have been a memorable event for the locals.
L.E. on 2nd April 2021 @ 7:44pm
A little more on the site: https://vintageportland.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/lewis-clark-exposition-map-1905/ (and her has been linked in it's comments!) (-;
starboard on 2nd April 2021 @ 8:50pm