- VINTAGE MAP REPRODUCTION: You’ll love this high quality historic reproduction of 1889 Map of Multnomah County 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 1889 Map of Multnomah County 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 map was produced by Julius Bien, a German-born American lithographer with a distinctive style. The superior technical illustration expertise marks Bien's legacy. Bien also illustrated and printed Audubon's famous work, The Birds of America. He utilized the latest science of the time to produce maps with extremely accurate scale and detail, printed using a technique called chromolithography and stunningly depicted in this 1889 illustration of Multnomah County.
The county gets its name from the Chinookan word for 'lower river,' and while geographically the smallest county in Oregon, it is the most populous. Though still notated as East Portland here, the two cities had incorporated in 1871. The historical Barber Block building was completed in 1889 and is recognized for its late Victorian architecture.
This cadastral map, which illustrates the boundaries and ownership of land parcels, shows Portland in a time of significant expansion. Already a thriving inland port with ocean access via the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Though this was a substantial reason for the cities prosperity, it also contributed to its reputation as a dangerous place with a high number of saloons, bordellos, and gambling dens; its character as a sober frontier city had been lost.
Portland's population increased in the late 20th century with nearly fifty thousand residents by 1889 it was experiencing an economic boom and was the largest port in the Northwest. These maps were an essential tool for merchants and residents alike, and the signature aesthetic transports the viewer back in time.
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 vintage map print makes the perfect gift for anyone that loves history and imagery.