Snowmageddon 1919 – 1920.
The recent snowstorm didn’t even make it into Portland’s top ten snowfalls. We believe the pictures below are from the winter of 1919-1920 due to the depth of the snow cut on Capitol Highway, and the sepia toning. A December 1919 snow storm, the fifth worst in Portland’s recorded history, dumped 17.5 inches on Portland. It is also possible that the photos are from the 1915-1916 Winter, when a January snowstorm, the second worst in Portland’s recorded history, dumped 27.9 inches on Portland.
We apologize for the poor quality of the images, they were scanned from color photocopies of the original photos. If you know where the original photos are, we’d love to scan them so we have better quality images for our archive.