On May 27, 1894, the rising Willamette River began to flow into the streets of Portland. For one month, Portland, already reeling from the financial crash of 1893, was inundated by floodwaters. City life came to a halt, then adapted with flotillas of small boats for shopping and spindly bridges that spanned between second floors. Fire engines were towed through the streets on barges, and the bars moved onto rafts. The receding water left the city a hellish, stinking mess.
Your presenter is Dan Haneckow who will be sharing stunning images of the “Metropolis of the Northwest” as it dealt with one of its greatest challenges.
This history pub is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6pm, presentation begins at 7pm.