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1916 Routledge Bird's Eye View of the Columbia River

Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway Company Air View of the Columbia River Scenic Route. - Main View

1916 Routledge Bird's Eye View of the Columbia River


Traces the route of the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway along the Columbia River.


Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway Company Air View of the Columbia River Scenic Route.
  1916 (dated)     31.5 x 9 in (80.01 x 22.86 cm)     1 : 360000


This is a 1916 Fred A. Routledge pictorial bird's eye view of the Columbia River Valley. Overlooking the area from the west, the map depicts the region from Mt. St. Helens and Centerville, Washington to Wapinitia, Oregon and Brighton, Oregon and from Shaniko, Oregon to the Pacific Ocean. Created to promote the Columbia River Scenic Route operated by the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway Company, the railway's routes are highlighted by solid red lines following the course of the Columbia River. Other trunk lines run west from Portland to serve smaller communities, with another heading south from Celilo Falls. Cities and towns across the region are identified, including Portland, The Dalles, and Longview. Important historical events are marked by red overprinting, with particular interest paid to the progress of Lewis and Clark's expedition in the region in 1805 - 1806. Locations of Hudson Bay Company outposts, military forts, and John Jacob Astor's settlement of Astoria are also included. A legend along the bottom border explains the different abbreviations used in these references and a small text gives historical context to Captain Robert Gray of Boston, Lieutenant W.R. Broughton, and John Jacob Astor.
Publication History and Census
This map was created by Fred A. Routledge and published by F.W. Baltes and Company in 1916 for the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway. The OCLC records two examples in the institutional collections of the University of Toronto and the University of Chicago.


Fred A. Routledge (September 7, 1871 - April 1936) was an American artist and cartographer best known for his pictorial maps and bird's eye views. Born in Abilene, Kansas, Routledge spent most of his early life in Rockford, Illinois before moving to Portland, Oregon. Routledge worked with the publication West Shore for a short time before finding himself out of work. He found work with the Morning Oregonian beginning in 1895 as the head of its Art Department, a position he reportedly held until 1906. At that time it is clear that hand-drawn illustrations were being replaced by photographic images, but Routledge's work continued to appear in the Oregonian over the ensuing decades. Routledge also worked as artist and cartographer on illustrated books, two of which were published in 1915. Until his death, Routledge produced pictorial maps for many different companies, including Union Pacific, and as promotional material for scenic drives throughout Washington. He married fellow artist Lydia McGowan in 1896. Learn More...

Frank William Baltes (March 19, 1860 - 1932) was an American author and printer active in the Pacific Northwest during the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century. Baltes, born to German immigrants in the then Washington Territory was educated in Chicago before finding a position in the printing office of the Astorian in Astoria, Oregon in 1873. Baltes founded his own company, F.W. Baltes and Company, in 1882. Baltes also served as secretary of the Portland Tyothetae and served as a delegate to numerous meetings of the United Typothetae of America. Learn More...


Very good. Wear along original fold lines. Verso repairs to fold separations. Light soiling. Text on verso.


OCLC 75525977.