Routledge, Fred A. (illus).
Portland, OR. Portland Chamber of Commerce. Ca. 1920.
Bird's eye view pictorial map 20 x 31 1/2 inches on sheet 20 3/4 x 32 inches, published folding into a pamphlet, now archivally mounted on linen. Small paper loss at fold intersections now filled and scarcely noticeable, very good condition. A striking poster-size bird's eye view by turn-of-the-twentieth century Oregon artist Frederick Routledge. The map focuses on the Columbia River Gorge, but covers a good part of the state of Oregon from an unusual vantage point looking to the south and east. This early edition differs from later 1920s editions with its particularly vibrant coloring and the use of a sky horizon at the top of the map which emphasises the extent of the eastern reaches of the state. 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 1919-1920, with subsequent issues (with minor revisions to the text on the verso of the map) to the mid 1920s. Roads and railways, including the Electric Railway, are marked on the map; the peaks of the Cascades pictured and named along with several lakes in southern Oregon (at top right) and the Larch Mountain Trail; 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 rich coloring and much fascinating detail. Item #53814