“Went to the Portland Antique Expo for the first time Saturday, found some cool stuff, but this is the one I got the biggest thrill out of …” Aaron Buda posted on Facebook, referring to the photo shown. “(It) was in one of the many postcard boxes at the show, no markings on it. But I knew right away what ship these soldiers are standing in front of — soldiers from Fort Stevens posing by the Peter Iredale, mid-1910s.”
Aaron is both a historian and collector of items related to the Harbor Defenses of the Columbia River (Washington and Oregon), consisting of Forts Stevens, Canby and Columbia. You can see several more of his historical photos on his Facebook page, http://tinyurl.com/Coast249th.
“My main goal is to preserve, share and honor the history of the U.S. Army Coast Artillery, who served at the mouth of the Columbia for nearly 80 years,” he explained, “from the 1860s to the end of World War II.”
This newly discovered Iredale photo is a welcome addition to the extensive Aaron Buda Collection. “I love finding these rare images!”