You are invited to explore an important part of Portland’s history that is seldom told in a new exhibit titled “Working on the River: A History of Dredging” at the Oregon History Museum. It opened just in time for World Trade Month on May 1 and will remain at the museum through October 31.
In honor of the repowering of the dredge Oregon this year, this exhibit traces the history of the dredging of our rivers for maritime trade and brings to life the people and machines whose work on the river has molded our region’s geography, trade routes and economic vitality.
“The ability of ships to get to and from the Portland region has shaped our city—both geographically and economically—helping it become a manufacturing center and transportation hub for products into and out of our region.” said Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt. “As a trade-dependent state, our marine highways are critical to our region’s continued success.”
A brief history of the Port as well as the importance of Portland as a national and international trade center and seaport is also examined in the exhibit within the context of the necessity of dredging to maintain safe and efficient ship traffic between the city and the Pacific Ocean.
Throughout the run of the exhibit, Multnomah County residents receive unlimited free admission. Regular admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, $5 youth (6-18) and free for children under 5.
Working on the River: A History of Dredging