Wilkesboro Electric Railway Station


Wilkesboro Electric Railway Station


People standing on the platform of the Wilkesboro train station near Banks, Oregon, circa 1911-1914. This was a stop on the electric interurban United Railways route that ran from Portland to Wilkesboro beginning in 1911. Train car number 900 is on the track. For another photograph of this station and more information about the railway line, see: Hallgren & Due, "United Railways of Oregon" (1961).

A sign on the station reads, "Great Northern Express Co." The Great Northern Express was a conventional railway that connected to the United Railways line.

The photographer, William Alonso Clapshaw, exposed half of a glass plate negative to create this image. The other half of the glass plate was used to make another photograph; see image PUA_MS154_011b. Flaws in the photograph are due to dust and deterioration of the emulsion layer on the negative.
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.

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circa 1911-1914




Gelatin silver negatives