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Portland skyline
Portland skyline

Portland, Oregon, is the site of twenty-nine completed high-rises over 250 feet (76 m), four of which stand taller than 492 feet (150 m). The tallest building in the city is the Wells Fargo Center, which rises 546 feet (166 m) in Downtown Portland and was completed in 1973. The second-tallest skyscraper in the city is the U.S. Bancorp Tower, which rises 536 feet (163 m) and was completed in 1983. Although The Oregonian Building, rising 194 feet (59 m) if its clock tower is included, was Portland's tallest building from 1892 until 1913, the history of skyscrapers in the city is thought to have begun with the construction of the Wells Fargo Building in 1907. This building, standing 182 feet (55 m) and 12 floors tall, is often regarded as the first skyscraper in Portland. The Wells Fargo Center was the city's first building standing more than 492 feet (150 m) tall. (Full list...)

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First Transcontinental Railroad

A ceremony marking the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad was held at Promontory Summit in the Utah Territory on May 10, 1869. The route, formed by the joining of the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad, enabled passenger and freight trains to travel between the east and west coasts of North America and was immensely beneficial to the development of the western United States. To commemorate the occasion, a 17.6-karat gold final spike was driven in by Leland Stanford to connect the rails of both lines.

This picture, titled East and West Shaking Hands at Laying Last Rail, was taken by American photographer Andrew J. Russell. It shows the teams from both railroads after the ceremony, with Samuel S. Montague (center left) of the Central Pacific Railroad shaking hands with Grenville M. Dodge (center right) of the Union Pacific Railroad, both chief engineers of their respective railroads. The photograph is in the collection of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Photograph credit: Andrew J. Russell; restored by Adam Cuerden

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