Archive for May, 2010

Memorial Coliseum, 1969

May 28, 2010

Portland’s Memorial Coliseum was dedicated January 8, 1961, “…to the memory of our veterans of all wars who made the supreme sacrifice.” Take a moment this weekend to honor all U.S. men and women who died while in military service.

(City of Portland Archives)

United Sheet Metal Works – Mystery Location

May 27, 2010

This lovely little 1878 cast-iron-fronted building was photographed in 1967 when it graced a Portland street. Its name and precise location are both unrecorded but a couple of subtle clues allow you to zero in on a location. Did you reach the same conclusion as I did? As always, happy hunting!

(University of Oregon Libraries)

W. Burnside at 3rd After Widening

May 26, 2010

This 1933 photo is the “after” to yesterday’s “before” photo. It looks west on West Burnside at 3rd Avenue after the Burnside widening project. It’s definitely more open and looks a little less “frontier town” to me.

(City of Portland Archives)

W. Burnside at 3rd Before Widening

May 25, 2010

This early-1930s photo shows the intersection of 3rd Avenue looking west on Burnside before the Burnside widening project. We had an earlier look at this intersection looking south on 3rd across Burnside.

(City of Portland Archives)

Elks Parade, 1912

May 24, 2010

The police delegation rounds the corner of SW 11th and Morrison during this Elks parade in 1912. The New York Grocery and other buildings visible on the block beyond are all gone, replaced by the Max turnaround today.

(City of Portland Archives)

NE Sandy & 41st, 1934

May 21, 2010

The Hollywood neighborhood was a bustling scene, even in this depression-era 1934 photo. Looking east on NE Sandy at 41st, I believe the striped awning across 41st is a Fred Meyer store. The Rose City streetcar heads towards downtown.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW Oak at 6th, 1937

May 20, 2010

The historic 1907 Wells Fargo Building on the left is the only recognizable bit of property left from this view west on SW Oak at 6th. The Benson Hotel can be seen in the sunshine another block up.

(City of Portland Archives)


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