PORTLAND URBAN HISTORY
about Vanport HISTORY
Vanport, Oregon was constructed in 1943, on the flood banks of the Columbia River, near Portland. It was built in order to house migrant workers of all races, building Navy warships in Portland's Swan Island shipyards. In May 1948, the city was washed away in minutes, after a dike holding back the Columbia River broke.
"Vanport: Oregon's Lost City" is a look at how the city and the eventual flood impacted race relations in Portland. Interviews are conducted with former Vanport residents and an Oregon and African American Historian.
This is a student produced documentary, completed in June 2007.
WINNER: 2008 NATA's NW Regional Emmy — Best Student Entertainment Documentary.