The History Collection 


"The Working History Center"

People making things the way early Oregonians made them

 “We bring our working past to life”

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As a 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Organization, The History Collection will restore Montgomery Dock No. 2, located at 1300 N. River Street, Portland, Oregon into a multi-use, light industrial working history facility. This unique indoor/outdoor warehouse on the Willamette River, will house various historical and educational entities including:

  • Native American local tribes-making baskets, carving totems, fishing equipment, originally used in the region
  • Woodworkers-boat building, Willamette River Tender boats & canoes
  • Knitters/Weavers-making traditional clothes for work, home & church
  • Fisherman-demonstrating traditional netting & fishing on our public dock
  • Restaurateurs- preparing historic era meals and cuisine
  • Loggers-demonstrating timber bucking and hand-cutting methods
  • Blacksmiths-forging axes, knives, pans, saw and other metalwork
  • Portland Water Taxi dock and a river pilot-mechanic workshop
  • Maritime floating vessels and military history
  • Water front activities and other educational activities for the Portland Metro area
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A piece of history

The Montgomery Dock No. 2 was built in 1898 by James Boyce Montgomery. The original building was 253,000 sq. ft. with 900 feet of available dock space. The original building was used to house grain and could hold over 1 million bushels at one time. This building provided Oregon farmers the ability to ship their goods all over the world.

A Unique Park

The History Collection Park will be the most unique indoor/outdoor park in the United States. When restored our building will be LEED Green certified with an aesthetically pleasing exterior and a “step back into history” look on the inside. Our  open air rooftop park will be the first of it’s kind and a draw by itself. Our river front dock will provide public access to the Willamette River at the northern most point of downtown Portland.

An educational home

The History Collection Park will be designed to support many classrooms of children. It is our hope that we could be a facility that schools, groups and the general public would use to take a "step back in time" to learn about all the wonderful things that made Portland, Oregon what it is today.