- VINTAGE MAP REPRODUCTION: You’ll love this high quality historic reproduction of 1879 Map of Portland Oregon. Our museum quality maps are archival grade, which means it will look great and last without fading for over 100 years. Our print to order maps are made in the USA and each map is inspected for quality. This beautiful artwork is a perfect addition to your themed decor. Vintage maps look great in the home, study or office. They make a perfect gift as well.
- MUSEUM QUALITY: This high quality map print will be a great addition to your vintage-themed wall. Don't waste money on cheap-looking, thin paper posters. We use thick, fine art print quality matte paper. Our professional’s choice matte paper displays artwork in high detail without glare. The color is vibrant and text is easy to read. When framed, this map looks absolutely stunning.
- A LOOK BACK AT HISTORY: This is an impressive, historic reproduction of 1879 Map of Portland Oregon. This print is from an original found in the maps and geography division of the US Library of Congress. A true piece of history. See our product description section for more fascinating information about this historic map and its significance.
- READY TO FRAME: This print includes a 0.2 inch border for a perfect frame fit and look. Our maps are designed to fit easy-to-find standard frame sizes, saving you money from having to pay for a custom frame. Each map is inspected for quality and shipped in a rigid tube.
- HISTORIX: We love history and art. Sometimes old maps have tears, folds, separations and other blemishes. We digitally restore and enhance maps while keeping its historical character. All our maps are proudly made in the USA. Customers all over the world love our vintage maps and we know you will too.
This perspective map was produced by Eli Glover and published in 1879. Glover was one of the most prolific perspective illustrators of the nineteenth century, and his portrayals include an incredible amount of detail transporting the viewer back in time to a Portland that was rapidly developing and becoming a significant hub for the Northwest.
After a major fire in 1873 destroyed twenty blocks on the west side near the Willamette, Portland's bustling downtown was rebuilt, and the city had nearly eighteen thousand residents by 1879. By focusing on local resources and not accepting support from San Francisco or the East Coast, Portland's domestic economy was able to thrive through the nationwide panic of 1873. The Pioneer Courthouse, James B. Stephens House, and Jacob Kamm's house all still stand today as they were portrayed here.
The early history of Portland was one of a hard edge, gritty port town, and it's unique position as an inland port contributed to this quality. Because Portland had both a port and Railway hubs, it was the principal port in the Northwest for nearly all of the 19th century. Being able to export the robust timber from the region was another primary economic driver and led to the cities apt nickname of 'Stumptown.'
The grandeur of the surrounding mountains is enhanced by Glover using an eastern facing perspective. MT Rainier, MT St. Helens, Mt Tabor, and Mt Hood, as well as the Columbia River Gorge, are all depicted with an immediately recognizable aesthetic that harkens back to Portland's early days as a rough and tumble port town.
Our museum quality giclee print comes printed with archival ink on premium heavyweight matte paper. Shipped in a sturdy cardboard tube your print will arrive ready to be framed. This eye-catching print makes the perfect gift for anyone that loves history and imagery.