Bonneville Dam construction photograph album, 1934-1936  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Bonneville Dam construction photograph album
Dates
1934-1936 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.2 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
PH203_020
Summary
The collection consists of one album of the construction of Bonneville Dam, 1934-1936. Images by R.W. Oliver and Bichel; most unsigned. Shows housing, equipment, excavation, construction, spillways. Some workers are named.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Bonneville Dam is named after a camp of a fur trader and AWOL solider, Captain Benjamin L. Eulalie Bonneville.

The workers on the dam were often from the relief roles or veterans.

The Bonneville Dam is located at mile 146.1. It is 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon. The primary purposes of the dam are electrical generation and river navigation. The Bonneville Dam was constructed from 1933-1937 by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of the New Deal. The Spillway is located on the North, or Washington side, of the Columbia Rive and Bradford Island.

The dimensions are: First Powerhouse - constructed 1933-1937; 313 m (1,027 ft) long; 10 generators with an output capacity of 526,700 kw. Located on the Lower end of Bradford Island. Spillway constructed 1933-1937; 18 gates over a length of 442 m (1450 ft); maintains the reservoir (upriver) usually 18 m (60 ft) above the river on the downstream side.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains 114 black and white photographic prints taken during the original construction of the Bonneville Dam and the Spillway from 1933-1937. A construction worker on the dam project made this album. He worked on the Fishway Bridge as well as the Spillway. He also spent three weeks working at Mona Bell Hill's house.

Album of construction of Bonneville Dam, 1934-1936. Images by R.W. Oliver and Bichel; most unsigned. Shows housing, equipment, excavation, construction, spillways. Some workers named.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bonneville Dam construction photograph album, PH203_020_[item number], Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
PH203_020: [Construction of Bonneville Dam. Images by R.W. Oliver and Bichel; most unsigned. Shows housing, equipment, excavation, construction, spillways. Some workers named.]
1 album (photographic prints)
various
1934
PH203_020_001: Bonneville Dam Area 5-1-1934 [Panoramic of Bonneville dam area]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 12.5 inches
1934
PH203_020_001: Bonneville Dam Area 5-1-1934. [Panoramic of Bonneville dam area.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
Oliver, R.W.
1934 May 1
PH203_020_002: Overlooking Bonneville Dam Area 6-24-1934. [Panoramic of Bonneville dam area.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
Oliver, R.W.
1934 Jun 24
PH203_020_003: Spillway Dam Bonneville. [Panoramic of Spillway dam construction.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
Oliver, R.W.
1935 Aug 2
PH203_020_004: Bonneville Residence Area 10-15-35. [Panoramic of residential area, hills in background.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
Oliver, R.W.
1935 Oct 13
PH203_020_005: Entrance to Dam Reservation. [Bridge over roadway. Sign reads "Federal Public Works Bonneville Dam Project no.28.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_006: Bonneville Center or Community Center Post Office on this end. [Buildings behind trees, man and cars in roadway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_007: Tractor on high line Sept. 1935. [tractor on high line being moved during construction.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 2.5 inches
1935 Sep
PH203_020_008: [tractor on high line being moved during construction.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 2.5 inches
1935 Sep
PH203_020_009: Entrance to Dam Reservation from Co. River Highway. [Bridge over roadway, seen from side of road Sign reads "Federal Public Works Bonneville Dam Project no.28.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_010: 2nd to this end in bunkhouse where I stayed 1 mo. 20 beds in each? Aug. 17-Sept 14 1935. [Bunkhouses with Jeeps parked in front along street.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
1935 Aug-Sep
PH203_020_011: Pay Office Columbia Const. Co.. [2 story offices.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_012: Back of Safeway store facing highway. [Backside of buildings in snow.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_013: 25-35 Cu Yds dirt- 16 wheels- each tire $250. [Large container of dirt set on top 16 tires. Man with back to camera.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_014: [tractor pulling 16 wheeled dirt container, being filled by scoop on high wire.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_015: [Construction of dam.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_016: [Construction of dam.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_017: [Construction of dam.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_018: [Construction of dam.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_019: Solid Pour on bedrock with inspection tunnels shown. Taken about Nov.1, 1935. [construction of dam, with high wire visible.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
Bichel
1935 Nov 1
PH203_020_020: Bonneville Spillway Dam 10-15-35. [Panorama construction of spillway dam.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
Oliver, R.W.
1935 Oct 15
PH203_020_021: North Bonneville Wash.. [Tail tower above houses.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_022: Tool house. [Signs on building read "Pipe Shop" Work Shop" "Tool Room" "Stretcher in Tool Room" "Important All men quitting or laid off must first check out at the field office".]
1 album (photographic prints)
1.75 x 2.75 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_023: Tool house abt 36 tons carried around by high line (2 hi lines working together). [Tool shop building.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_024: one of two moving head towers of hi-line 90' high- cable +3"dia. [High line and building underneath, man standing on tracks leading to building.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 2.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_025: Piers rising from foundation block. [construction of spillway dam.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_026: Constructing Spillway Bonneville Dam Ore-Wash. [construction of spillway dam.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_027: [Construction of spillway from a distance]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_028: [Workers working with rebar during construction of spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
7 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_029: Constructing Spillway Bonneville Dam Ore-Wash. [Workers working with rebar during construction of spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_030: Constructing Spillway Bonneville Dam Ore-Wash. [close-up of tunnels being constructed.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_031: Constructing Spillway Bonneville Dam Ore-Wash. [tunnels being constructed.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_032: taken March 19, 1936. [Workers sawing timber for dam construction.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
1936 Mar 19
PH203_020_033: [Bonneville residence area, from hillside.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_034: [Backsides of buildings, in residence area.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_035: Bonneville Spillway dam 3-15-36. [Panoramic of construction of spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
Oliver, R.W.
1936 Mar 15
PH203_020_036: Taken March 19, 1936. Cofferdam blasted March 16, 1936 (2 tons powder) at 6:45 am. Cofferdam on East side of piers. [debris in water against berm. "Safety Counts" sign on background.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
1936 Mar 19
PH203_020_037: Tanner Creek Falls at Bonneville. [ice covered waterfall.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4.5 x 2.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_038: Taken April 1, 1936 at Bonneville Dam bunk-houses. Mt. Murna in background. [Man walking across snow covered parking lot. Sign on store in background "National Commissary Co. Inc.".]
1 album (photographic prints)
5.25 x 3 inches
1936 Apr 1
PH203_020_039: Feb 1, 1937 6' snow winter at Bonneville. [Snow covered parking lot. Sign in background reads " Outdoor shoes. Nudelman Bros. Union made work clothing".]
1 album (photographic prints)
2 x 2.75 inches
1937 Feb 1
PH203_020_040: Spillway, Bonneville Dam, Power House. 4-13-36 Oliver 53. [Panorama of construction of Bonneville Dam. Sign on crane reads "Washington Iron Works".]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
Oliver, R.W.
1936 Apr 13
PH203_020_041: Bonneville Dam Spillway April 6, 1936. [Construction of Spillway. View from water of spillway with water flowing through unfinished parts.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
1936 Apr 6
PH203_020_042: [Snow covered trees.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.25 x 2.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_043: Engineer's house's. $25,000 houses. [Complex of houses on dirt, next to Columbia River.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.25 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_044: Mona Bell Hill's house. Worked 3 weeks there. May 1935. [House on hillside surrounded by fir trees.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.25 inches
1935 May
PH203_020_045: Taken Feb. 1936 Temp 10-20 degrees at cave on Tanner Creek. Men-2 workers at Bonneville Dam. [Man with pipe and man with rifle standing in front of ice covered cave.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4.5 x 3 inches
1936 Feb
PH203_020_046: Woods around shack at Bonneville looking out one window. [snow covered trees.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 2.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_047: Bonneville Dam Spillway. April 6, 1936. [Men working on spillway construction, before concrete was poured.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
1936 Apr 6
PH203_020_048: Bonneville Dam Spillway. April 6, 1936. [Men working on spillway construction, before concrete was poured, snowcapped hills in background.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
1936 Apr 6
PH203_020_049: [Construction of Spillway with water flowing through.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_050: [Construction of Spillway, men working with wood forms.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_051: Bonneville Dam 4-29-36 Oliver 55. [Panorama of water flowing through construction of Spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
Oliver, R.W.
1936 Apr 29
PH203_020_052: 5-May-36. [Construction of Power House.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
1936 May 5
PH203_020_053: 5-May-36. [Construction of Power House.]
1 album (photographic prints)
7 x 5 inches
1936 May 5
PH203_020_054: May 1936 High Water Period. [Water flooding construction area, wood floating in water.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
1936 May
PH203_020_055: My Cabin. [small wood cabin surrounded by snow.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_056: Our crew working on Fishway Bridge May 1936. [Sandbags on ground in front of construction of Fishway bridge.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
1936 May
PH203_020_057: 1936 Summer trip up Col. To Bonneville. [Sternwheeler headed up Columbia with passengers on board.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3 x 4.5 inches
1936
PH203_020_058: [Two women standing reading newspaper, presumably on sternwheeler.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_059: Spillway Bonneville Dam 5-8-36 Oliver 57. [Panorama of construction of Spillway. Includes high wire.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
Oliver, R.W.
1936 May 8
PH203_020_060: May-36. [Two men in suits on walkway looking down at construction.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
1936 May
PH203_020_061: Inside of Cabin. [work area inside of cabin, includes hand saws, books, apple and other equipment.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_062: Cabin at Bonneville on hillside. [Snow covered cabin seen through trees.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_063: Spillway Bonneville Dam 6-12-36. 58. [Panorama of construction of spillway, includes high wire.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
1936 Jun 12
PH203_020_064: Taken about Aug. 10, 1936. [Construction of dam, with water flowing through, high wire visible.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
1936 Aug 10
PH203_020_065: false work of Fishway bridge between pier 17 & 18. Our crew put in bridge. [Construction of Fishway Bridge.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_066: Bonneville Icicles Feb. 1936. [Icicles on tree branch.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4.5 x 2.75 inches
1936 Feb
PH203_020_067: Before last pour on 85 ft. deck on South side. [Elmer, Walt Johnson and Bill standing on concrete forms.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4.5 x 2.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_068: Taken about Aug. 10, 1936. [Construction of dam, with water flowing through, high wire visible, group of men standing near tool house.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
1936 Aug 10
PH203_020_069: 10-Aug-36. [Construction of Spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
1936 Aug 10
PH203_020_070: [Close-up of construction of spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
7 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_071: [Close-up of construction of spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_072: Downstream cribbing north side. [Construction of dirt roadway over water.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_073: [Close-up of construction of spillway, with high wire visible.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_074: Upstream Cofferdam cribbing North side. [Construction of Cofferdam .]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_075: 85' deck So. Side. [Fred Brandt, Ralph and Joe working on deck.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_076: [Construction of Spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_077: Constructing Spillway Bonneville Dam Ore-Wash. [construction of spillway, with high line visible.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
1936 Aug 10
PH203_020_078: U/S Cofferdam Aug 1936. [Construction of Cofferdam .]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
1936 Aug
PH203_020_079: Last Crib of Downstream Cofferdam Aug 1936. [Construction of Cofferdam .]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
1936 Aug
PH203_020_080: 12-Aug-36. [Construction of spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
1936 Aug 12
PH203_020_081: [Construction of spillway from a distance]
1.0 unknown
2.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_082: 61 8-18-36 Bonneville Dam. [Panorama of men working on dam construction, on area between 2 berms.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
1936 Aug 18
PH203_020_083: [Construction of Spillway, dug out area beside completed supports.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_084: Bonneville Dam Ore-Wash. [Construction on top of supports.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_085: [Highline tower.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4.25 x 2.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_086: [Man standing on top of dam construction. Columbia in background.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4.25 x 2.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_087: [Men digging dirt behind wall.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_088: [Scooper filling dump truck while in water]
1.0 unknown
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_089: [Construction of dam.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_090: [Cabin.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_091: North Unit Spillway Bonneville Dam. [Panorama of construction of spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_092: [Water flowing through construction of spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_093: Spillway Bonneville Dam 11-1-36. [Panorama of Spillway construction.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
1936 Nov 1
PH203_020_094: North Unit Spillway Bonneville Dam 11-1-36 66. [Panorama of Spillway construction.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
1936 Nov 1
PH203_020_095: Spillway Bonneville Dam 1-1-37 67. [Panorama of Spillway construction.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
1937 Nov 1
PH203_020_096: Spillway Bonneville Dam 1-1-37 67. [Panorama of Spillway construction.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
1937 Nov 1
PH203_020_097: Constructing Spillway Bonneville Dam Ore-Wash.. [Construction of spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_098: Constructing Spillway Bonneville Dam Ore-Wash.. [Construction of spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_099: [Close-up of supports of spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_100: Bonneville excursion trip boats at dam 1936. [Passengers exiting sternwheeler "Cascades" and "Northwestern".]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 4.5 inches
1936
PH203_020_101: Constructing Spillway Bonneville Dam Ore-Wash.. [Construction of spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_102: Bonneville Dam 4-24-37 71. [Panorama of Construction of support beams.]
1 album (photographic prints)
4 x 12.5 inches
Oliver, R.W.
1937 Apr 24
PH203_020_103: 15-340 Power House Bonneville dam. [Up stream power house.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_104: Powerhouse down stream. [Down stream power house.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_105: Bonneville project on the Columbia river-61. [looking down on Bonneville dam and spillway.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 5.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_106: [Power station downstream before being surrounded by water.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_107: [Power station downstream before being surrounded by water.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_108: Aug. 1935. [Power station upstream, before being surrounded by water.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
1935 Aug
PH203_020_110: [Construction of dam from a distance.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_111: [Interior construction of dam.]
1 album (photographic prints)
2.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_112: [Construction with high wire with wet concrete being moved.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 2.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_113: [Construction of dam & forms for concrete.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 2.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH203_020_114: [construction of fish ladder.]
1 album (photographic prints)
3.5 x 2.5 inches
not yet assigned

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Spillways--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bonneville Dam (Or. and Wash.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs