SW Vista Avenue, 1965

As summer-like weather holds on to Portland for a few more days, it’s forever Summer 1965 in this photo of two kids on skateboards shooting down SW Vista Avenue. Ivar Bohnsen ran the Portland Heights Grocery at Vista and Spring (in the commercial building in the background) and built the Bohnsen Cottages in 1926. The cottages are virtually unchanged since they were built, and there are a few more trees along the street now but it’s an easily recognizable scene today.

(City of Portland Archives)

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8 Responses to “SW Vista Avenue, 1965”

  1. Paul Souders Says:

    This is too awesome.

    Vista Springs Pizza is on the corner now, same location (building?) as the old grocery.

  2. Chuck Says:

    My contemporaries. I was 15 in 1965. Lots & lots of memories from this photo. Thanks, Dan.

  3. Vintage Portland « Skate and Annoy Says:

    [...] this photo is SW Portland circa 1965. Two kids bombing a hill on clay wheels. Awesome. Check out VIntage Portland for the big [...]

  4. fat3flip Says:

    Try it, you’ll like it.

  5. chuck Says:

    I don’t know what he’s talking about when he says ‘clay wheels’. Maybe he thinks 1965 was the Stone Age. The wheels on skateboards were the same as the wheels on skates – metal and rubber.

  6. Tom Krieps Says:

    @Chuck:clay wheels have nothing to do with clay pots from the stone age.
    I think that Skate and Annoy means that in those days you could find skate wheels made out a clay and other material as they would give a more smooth ride that the steel wheels of roller skates.
    These “clay” wheels would wear of quite fast so they were abandoned.

  7. Edmund Says:

    I remember those “clay wheel” skateboards as well, and I wasn’t born in the time of “The Flintstones”. ;)

  8. Tom Jones Says:

    Summer of 1964 I used to go up SW Vista from Burnside and come down the otherside to get on the Ross Island Bridge and work my way over to SE41st and Woodstock. I do remember metal wheels on a skateboard in Laurelhurst Park around that time that led to a very ugly skinned knee!

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