Sellwood Bridge, 1926

Efforts are underway to secure funding to replace the Sellwood Bridge spanning the Willamette River. This is how it looked shortly after it opened in December, 1925. The eastern shore was highly industrialized at that time.

(City of Portland Archives)

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4 Responses to “Sellwood Bridge, 1926”

  1. Elliott Says:

    Amazing the industrial waterfront could be recovered to make the Sellwood Riverfront park and the habitat areas north of there.

  2. Jim K Says:

    I spent a lot of time going back and forth across that bridge back in the 50’s and 60’s, both in cars and on foot. The Oaks, the River Queen, the Anchorage, to and from grandparents and cousins, the Sellwood Bridge was a major part of my childhood.

    I’m not tryin’ to get political here, but it’s time to rebuild, not repair…the time is much over due and there’s no reason NOT to do it now! The neighborhood deserves it, the people deserve it and even the river deserves it. Only one little request: Can we keep it green…for old time sake?

    Jim K
    Portland

  3. TheBeanTeam Says:

    Jim K mentions the River Queen.

    A few great posts discuss her history and status.

    Stumptown Blogger – http://www.stumptownblogger.com/2009/11/the-river-queenwhat-happened-to-the-grand-lady.html

    S.S. Shasta: Ghost of the Portland Riverfront – http://www.evergreenfleet.com/shasta.html

    TheBeanTeam

  4. Jim K Says:

    Thanks for the River Queen info…pity that there is no one around who has the where-with-all to save the poor girl from her inevitable future. I knew the Roylance family…seeing their name triggered a memory or two…I had forgotten their devotion and their attention to creating a great family restaurant, the kind of place one doesn’t get to see much of anymore. Seeing the montage of pictures was almost like…going into another dimension…a dimension of sight, a dimension of sound and a dimension of one’s mind…moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.

    Thanks for the key that unlocked yet another door to our personal past…

    (Cue the music!)

    Jim K
    Portland

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