Stuck on Main Street


Stuck on Main Street


Sepia-toned image of a muddy street with a wagon and a steam-powered ditch digger stuck in the mud. One man tries to lever the rear wagon wheels out of the mud while another man watches. In the center background, a large machine leans precariously to one side, while three men appear to be examining it. Power poles can be seen lining the street on either side, while spectators watch from the sidewalks in the background of the image. A one cent stamp is affixed to the back side of the postcard. Steam ditchers were a major innovation in the late 1800s and early 1900s, providing machine power to dig drainage ditches which once had to be dug by hand.
[front] [white ink] We are stuck on this place. [back] [pencil] [address] Richard E. Wiley. H. M. A. Lumber Camp [?]. Nehalem, Oregon. [note] This is the main street works with the steam-ditcher stuck. Hath [illegible]. [postmark] Hillsboro [illegible], Sep [illegible] p.m.

Date Created

circa 1900s


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