Routledge, Fred A. (illus).
Portland, OR. Portland Chamber of Commerce. Climatic conditions for 1927 given. Ca. 1928.
Bird's eye view pictorial map 20 x 31 1/2 inches on sheet 22 x 33 inches, folding to pamphlet 8 x 4 inches. Short separations at three fold intersections, very good condition. Clean and bright condition; would display very well. This pamphlet features a poster-sized bird's eye view by Oregon artist Frederick Routledge focusing on the Columbia River Gorge, but covering a good part of the state of Oregon, from an unusual vantage point looking to the south and east. Routledge started illustrating for The West Shore magazine in the late 1800s; when that publication ceased operation he moved to The Oregonian newspaper where some of his first panoramic bird's eye views were published. This pamphlet, issued by the Portland Chamber of Commerce, was a booster publication touting the attractions of Portland - the convention city, the residential city, the industrial city, the financial center - and of the first scenic highway in the United States, the Columbia River Gorge Highway. Construction on this started in 1913; the last section was completed in 1922. The pamphlet was first issued in 1920, with subsequent issues (with minor revisions to the text on the verso of the map) to the mid 1920s. In this copy Portland's Climatic Conditions for 1927 are noted. Roads and railways are marked on the map; the peaks of the Cascades pictured and named; at the lower left is a collage of color views of sights along the Columbia River Highway. A striking view of this beautiful state, with much fascinating detail. Item #50474