Road and Bridge Work Crew


Road and Bridge Work Crew


A road and bridge construction crew near Forest Grove, Oregon probably circa 1910-1914. This may have been in the vicinity of Gales Creek or Hillside. The men in the foreground are leading two teams of four horses, who are pulling a plow-like device, probably to dig out the road surface. More men are working on the bridges in the background. The old deteriorated bridge on the right is being replaced by the newer bridge on the left. A pile driver can be seen in the distance, along with a house, barns, fields and forest. Flaws in the photograph are due to dust and deterioration of the emulsion layer on the negative. For another view of the same bridge construction, see image PUA_MS154_012b.
This is one image from a set of glass plate negatives created by William Alonso Clapshaw. Clapshaw was a clerk and shopkeeper who lived near Forest Grove, Oregon for most of his life. He was born in 1880, probably at the family's home in the Hillside neighborhood of Forest Grove, on what is now Clapshaw Hill Road east of Gales Creek. Around 1910-1914, William took an interest in photography and created a set of glass plate negatives documenting scenes near his family's lands as well as images of himself, his friends and family members. He most likely used a silver gelatin dry plate process. The photographs were donated to the Pacific University Archives in 2023.


Clapshaw, William Alonso, 1880-2001

Date: Display

circa 1910-1914




Construction projects
Construction workers
Pile drivers


Forest Grove, Oregon
Gales Creek, Oregon


Gelatin silver negatives



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