SE Hawthorne & Union Avenue, 1937

This view east on SE Hawthorne where it crosses Union Avenue may look familiar; we saw it from a different angle earlier. This view shows a little more of the shops that lined Hawthorne.

(City of Portland Archives)

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10 Responses to “SE Hawthorne & Union Avenue, 1937”

  1. Roxanne Says:

    I’m sure I must have seen a similar view many times as one of the street cars/trolleys/electric buses went down Hawthorne and also Union but I was not quite old enough for the memory to have registered.

  2. Dan Faulkner Says:

    The streetcar on the left edge of the photo must have been one of the last to run on these tracks. Almost all of the SE Portland streetcar lines had been decommissioned or converted to buses by 1936, but the license plates clearly say 1937.

  3. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    I wonder why the picture looks like it’s going uphill, even without the Hawthorne Bridge on-ramp, Street View makes it look like Hawthorne goes downhill. http://g.co/maps/75jw

  4. Roxanne Says:

    If you are looking east, you ARE looking up hill. All the streets in this area looking east are climbing Mt. Tabor.

  5. Raymond Carroll Says:

    This can not be from Union.. It would have to be past 8th or 9th.. On Hawthorne you go down hill til;l 8th or 9th than up hill…

  6. Brian Says:

    Raymond Carroll: If you click on the link in the caption to see the other photo of this intersection, you can see quite unambiguously that the building with the “Monarch Cleaners” sign is on the southeast corner of Union and Hawthorne (you can even read the street sign saying “SE Union AVE”). This is indeed looking east on Hawthorne at the intersection with Union.

  7. Brian Says:

    Also, Hawthorne is clearly uphill between 3rd and MLK underneath the viaduct.

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