Jantzen Beach Amusement Park, 1936

This 1936 aerial view shows the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park on Hayden Island. The park opened in 1928 and at the time was the largest amusement park in the nation. The photo is oriented with southwest at the top. The natatorium is next to the part of the Interstate Bridge (then only one span wide) that crosses North Portland Harbor, while the roller coaster is clearly visible near the bottom. The park closed in 1970 and is now the site of Jantzen Beach shopping mall.

(City of Portland Archives)

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8 Responses to “Jantzen Beach Amusement Park, 1936”

  1. Chuck Says:

    I loved Jantzen Beach. Especially the high dive on the big pool. Of course, I never dove. I could only muster up the courage to jump. The rollercoaster was great, too. So sad to see it torn down for a shopping center!

  2. chris Says:

    didn’t a couple buildings from the Lewis & Clark exposition in 1905 get transplanted to the hayden island amusement park?

    anyone know the answer to this?

  3. Chuck Says:

    Sorry. I don’t know the answer to that.

  4. poncho Says:

    was the trolley still running then?

  5. Scott Leverenz Says:

    I just had to overlay the photo with a snap shot from Google Maps. Besides the notes on the webpage http://leverenz.com/jantzen notice the houseboat on the SW corner of the photo is still in the exact same location as it was in 1936.

  6. Michael Newton Says:

    The webpage that you sent to us needs to move forward over the 1917 Northbound Interstate bridge not the 1958 southbound Interstate bridge.

  7. Leslie Wison Says:

    Loved this pool- sad to see that the amusement park was replaced with a mall. History is gone, the golly and the gleam in all the children eye gone to.

  8. john72ss Says:

    i remember the pool, with 91 kisn blaring from the pa system, and after the swim always came the fresh cut french fries from a vender right next to the pool! now, its all gone, but for a half empty shopping center! what a waste!

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