Help Us Out!

July 25, 2014

Here we see houses getting moved to make way for the construction of the Minnesota Freeway. In a previous post you helped us locate an intersection for a similar image. We know that this image was taken at N. Vancouver Avenue, but can anyone help us identify the cross street. The lack of landmarks in the photograph makes it difficult to pinpoint the location.

N Vancouver Ave house moving, circa 1963 : A2005-001.684

N Vancouver Ave house moving, circa 1963 : A2005-001.684

 

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Knott Street Community Center, circa 1951

July 24, 2014

The photograph we have for you today was taken at the Knott Street Community Center, circa 1951. The center was renamed Matt Dishman Community Center in the late 1960s. There is a quote written on the back of this photograph stating, “Older adults, as well as girls and boys, keep the ping pong tables busy in the early evening hours at the Knott Street Center. Murals, the work of Oliver Dillner, one of the recreation supervisors at the center, show up nicely in this corner-of-the-room shot.” More information on the Matt Dishman Community Center can be found here.

Ping Pong at Knott Street Community Center, circa 1951 : A2001-045.668

Ping Pong at Knott Street Community Center, circa 1951 : A2001-045.668

 

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Broadway Bridge, circa 1918

July 23, 2014

Today we have an image of the Broadway Bridge, circa 1918. Bridge construction took place between 1911 and 1912. Click here for more information on the Broadway Bridge.

Broadway bridge with ship, circa 1918 : A2004-002.569

Broadway bridge with ship, circa 1918 : A2004-002.569

 

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SW Ankeny, 1894

July 22, 2014

Here we have a scene at SW Ankeny and the Park blocks during the flood of 1894. The image is from a book by Joseph Gaston titled, Portland – Its History and Builders, Vol. 1. Despite the flooding, everyone in this image seems to be taking the situation in stride.

SW Ankeny and SW Park  during flooding, 1894 : A2004-002.7771

SW Ankeny and SW Park during flooding, 1894 : A2004-002.7771

 

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The Number Man

July 21, 2014

We don’t know the “Number Man’s” name, but after some digging we do now know what he was doing and what the numbers mean. As many have suggested on this site, the numbers are related to City public works projects. In the photograph below you can see the “Number Man” holding a sign with number 234 which corresponds to NE Beech and Union. Below that is a portion of the Public Works map for the street widening project. You’ll notice his number corresponds to the map’s number for the lot at the northeast corner of the intersection. The lengthy project records for the widening of Union (MLK) from NE Going to SE Lincoln include a text description and a number for each property affected by the widening project. For major projects such as street widening, the Department of Public Works created maps showing the affected properties and gave numbers to the corresponding locations. Public Works also created many records that describe the value of each property and how the owners would be compensated for their losses.

3708 NE MLK (at Beech), 1929 : A2009-009.1014

3708 NE MLK (at Beech), 1929 : A2009-009.1014

Partial map (3708 NE MLK), 1929 : C 4331

Partial map (3708 NE MLK), 1929 : C 4331

 

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Portland Cable Railway, circa 1890

July 18, 2014

Here we see the Portland Cable Railway Co. trestle that ran through Portland Heights. In a previous post, we saw the trestle from a different angle. This image is from circa 1890.

Portland Heights cable railway, circa 1890 : A2004-002.6867

Portland Heights cable railway, circa 1890 : A2004-002.6867

 

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Mill Ends, 1976

July 17, 2014

Mill Ends became an official Portland city park on St. Patrick’s Day in 1976. Many of you know it as the “world’s smallest park.” Mill Ends is located at SW Naito Parkway and SW Taylor Street. The park’s ceremonial groundbreaking was performed by Commissioner Ivancie. Click here to learn more about the park’s history.

 

Groundbreaking ceremony for Mill Ends Park, 1976 : A2000-006.47

Groundbreaking ceremony for Mill Ends Park, 1976 : A2000-006.47

 

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