Striking bird's-eye view map of the Columbia River Valley, by Fred A. Routledge, with 31 small views.
Oriented to look from the northwest, the map extends north of the Dalles to the Pacific Ocean, centered on Portland, and extends south to Crescent City and Klamath Falls, covering much of the state of Oregon.
The map displays topographical relief, along with rivers, roads, railroad lines, and the course of the Columbia River and many of its tributaries.
Routledge was perhaps the best mapmaker in Oregon history; his work exemplifies the stylized realism of the first decades of the 20th century. This style matched modern mapmaking techniques with the budding pictorial mapping tradition, and incorporated the revelations provided by commercial air travel and photography.
Fred Routledge (1871-1936) was an Oregon artist and pictorial mapmaker, who spent much of his professional life as a correspondent for the Morning Oregonian. His career lasted from the 1890s to the early 1930s. Routledge was a well regarded artist, who received awards for his paintings, including a first prize at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. His ephemeral work as a pictorial cartographer was also very well regarded.
Routledge was born in Abilene, Kansas, raised in Rockford, Illinois, and settled in the Portland area in 1886 with his family. He began working as an illustrator with the West Shore publication before its demise in 1891, thereafter finding wor at the Oregonian in 1895. The January 1, 1896 "Where Rolls the Oregon," is his first work of significant note.