Map of the City of Portland, 1866

This is a nifty map of Portland from the very early days. East Portland was a separate city until 1891 when Portland and East Portland consolidated.

(City of Portland Archives)

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8 Responses to “Map of the City of Portland, 1866”

  1. Paul Souders Says:

    I reckon the “Lunatic Asylum” is the approximate location of Ladd Addition today. [Insert cheap joke here]d

  2. Jim Says:

    Heh. McAdam Road. Is this misspelled or did the name simply change over time?

  3. Pete Says:

    In 3D:

  4. JayinPortland Says:

    The orientation is interesting. Don’t see many (if any?) maps with West at the top these days…

  5. Tad Says:

    Hmmm, “South St”, just south of Jackson between 7th and 10th. That area seems to have been obliterated by the I-405 construction, but I wonder if anybody remembers whether the street existed until the freeway?

    Also, McAdam/MacAdam, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was one of those spellings that could go either way back then.

  6. Jim Says:

    You have a point Tad, but I was always under the assumption that “macadam” referred to the original construction style of the road….which, according to wikipedia is named for its Scottish inventor, John Loudon…McAdam.

  7. Tad Says:

    I’d always heard the same. Although waaay back in the midsts of time it was apparently referred to as the White House road, after some kind of public house down that way.

  8. John M. Forsberg Says:

    In regards to the Lunatic Asylum grounds located near 12th and Hawthorne: James C. Hawthorne became head of the county hospital in 1858 and subsequently founded the first mental hospital in the territory. He set up a temporary shop down on Taylor and 3rd (possibly where the Lippman Co is now?) until construction of the Oregon Hospital for the Insane was completed in 1862. The hospital was in operation for just over 20 years, and the road came to be known as Asylum St. In 1883, 2 years after Hawthorne’s death, the state moved patients to its new facility in Salem, and in 1888, the street was renamed in Hawthorne’s honor.

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