America in the 1970s: Northwest USA

America in the 1970s: Northwest USA

The final fifth of the series “America in the 1970s” tells about the northwestern states located along the US Pacific coast. The following pictures were taken by American photographers for the DOCUMERICA project in Oregon, Washington and Alaska during the time of the Oil Crisis. (30 pictures)
USA in the 1970s

The lack of fuel and its high cost resulted in frequent thefts of gasoline from the tanks of unattended cars. In the photo: the father and son from Portland leave a note to the robbers, warning of possible consequences, April 1974. (David Falconer / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

Dim coverage of Southwest Broadway Street in Portland, Oregon, during the December 1973 Oil Crisis. (David Falconer / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

The oil crisis in the northwest United States in December 1973 was even on hand to businessmen who hitchhiked to cities like Beaverton, Oregon. (David Falconer / NARA)

Stratovolcano Dram

View of the stratovolcano Dram, 3,661 meters high, from the Glenn Highway, Alaska, August 1974. (Dennis Cowals / National Archives and Records Administration)

Child on the shore

Alki Beach Park in Puget Sound is a favorite vacation spot for Seattle residents.The child plays on the beach while his mother and friend go fishing and are searching for mollusks. In the background is the Olympic mountain range, May 1973. (Doug Wilson / NARA)

Seattle in the 1970s

Seattle City, Interstate I-5 and Elliott Bay (right), June 1973. (Doug Wilson / NARA)

Boy with fish

At the confluence of the rivers Willamette and Columbia, May 1973. (David Falconer / NARA)

Airship

Harvest near Pearson Field Airport in Vancouver, Washington, June 1973. (David Falconer / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

Downtown Spokane, WA. Construction work before the Expo ’74 on the Spokane River, May 1973. (David Falconer / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

Left: Demolition of buildings in downtown Spokane, Wash., One year before Expo ’74, May 1973. Right: Washington Sunset Canal at Seattle, WA, March 1973. (David Falconer / Doug Wilson / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

Seattle port handling equipment and disposal of an old barge on the Snohomish River. (Doug Wilson / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

Larrabi State Park near Bellingham, Washington, May 1973. (Doug Wilson / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

Oregon’s Rain Forest Park, Coze Bay, Oregon, September 1972. (Gene Daniels / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

Mount Rainier and industrial plants in Tacoma, Washington, April 1973. (Doug Wilson / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

The city of Katlamet on the Columbia River, Washington, May 1973. At that time, the population of the city was 656 people. Today there are 534 inhabitants in the city. (David Falconer / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

A fisherman pulls a 10-pound salmon from the Columbia River, April 1973. (David Falconer / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

The Weyerhauser Paper Mill and the Reynolds Steel Works on the Columbia River in Longview, WA, April 1973. (David Falconer / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

Fishing boats on the Columbia River between Vancouver, WA, and Dulles, Oregon. In the background is Mount Hood Stratovolcano, May 1973. (David Falconer / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

People stand behind the sign "Sorry, no gasoline" at a gas station in Portland, November 1973. (David Falconer / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

During the Oil Crisis in the winter of 1974, children had to get to school and back on their bicycles, even in the rain or dark. (David Falconer / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

“Turn off the lights finally” sticker at a business office in Portland, October 1973. This slogan met everywhere, demonstrating the seriousness of the energy situation in Oregon in 1973. (David Falconer / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

Horses graze near the home of Jerry Fisher, who lives in the countryside near Powlesboro, Washington. (NARA)

USA in the 1970s

Children play outside their home in Ruston, Washington, August 1972. The smoke from the Tacoma Smelter plant’s pipe pollutes the atmosphere with lead and arsenic compounds, August 1972. (Gene Daniels / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

The Thunderbird Motel on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon.In the background is the highway bridge, May 1973. (David Falconer / NARA)

Reindeer

Photographer Dennis Cowes (Dennis Cowals) came to Alaska to take pictures of the neighborhood when the construction of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline began. In the photo: a reindeer crossing the road in northern Alaska, August 1973. (Dennis Cowals / NARA)

USA in the 1970s

The Fifth Mile Pipeline Camp, located five miles from the Yukon River, Alaska, August 1974. (Dennis Cowals / NARA)

Alaska

The M / V Bartlett ferry sails westward through Prince William Strait, Alaska. In the background is the Columbia Glacier, August 1974. (Dennis Cowals / NARA)

Alaska

View of the Worthington Glacier and the Thompson Pass near the town of Valdez, Alaska, August 1974. (Dennis Cowals / NARA)

Alaska

Construction of an oil terminal in Alaska, view from Valdes Arm, August 1974. The terminal will have four berths for oil tankers and eighteen storage tanks for 8.8 million barrels of crude oil. (Dennis Cowals / NARA)

Alaska

Dennis Cowals prepares to photograph Dalla rams, which descended to the solonets in Atigun Pass, Alaska, August 1973.

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  • America in the 1970s: Northwest USA

    America in the 1970s: Northwest USA

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    America in the 1970s: Northwest USA

    America in the 1970s: Northwest USA

    America in the 1970s: Northwest USA

    America in the 1970s: Northwest USA

    America in the 1970s: Northwest USA

    America in the 1970s: Northwest USA

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