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REMEMBERING CURT: Sept. 25, 1952 – Sept. 27, 2018

It Happened in Oregon... Electric motivation

 

January 3, 2019

Photo submitted 2017

The late Curt Deatherage and his grandson, Ian.

Editor's note: This was the first column submitted by the late Curt Deatherage in January 2018. Enjoy.

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."...



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