The population of Oregon was burgeoning at the turn of the 20th century – nearly doubling every 20 years. The need and desire for transportation other than horse-drawn wagons in the mud, particularly in urban areas, spurred several groups of enterprising businessmen into action. The resulting interurban electric transit system drew worldwide acclaim; a 1913 story in The Times of London reported that ”Portland would soon have the third most extensive electric railway system in America.”
Oregon's electric railroad roots were planted in 1891 with the formation of the . . .