SE 39th Avenue, 1965

This pretty little scene on SE 39th Avenue serves to remind us that Spring does eventually get to Portland. The 1965 view is looking south from just north of SE Oak Ct.

(City of Portland Archives)

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11 Responses to “SE 39th Avenue, 1965”

  1. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    It’s changed a bit but not a lot. Even some of those trees are still there (unlike the one that crashed next to the Art Museum yesterday; sad). Now of only our weather were that good…

  2. Dave Johnson Says:

    That’s the site of one of the 1st Plaid Pantrys if I am not mistaken.

  3. Elliott Says:

    Never knew there was a gas station (the Texaco) a block or so south of the station at Stark. Looks to be about Alder.

  4. NativePDX Says:


    For a view from Belmont and in the distance you can see the Texaco.

    I lived in the area in the 70′s and read somewhere, there were around 35 gas station on Hawthorne, between 39th, and downtown.

  5. Aaron Says:

    Interesting. At first I thought this was looking across Stark from the south, at Laurelhurst Park. Different stone columns!

    Anyone know why the dark forms (carved areas?) at the top are no longer there? And what were they, little bird houses? :)

    And was that early Plaid Pantry then called ‘Pik-n-Pak Pantry’ (zoom in to see) ?

  6. NativePDX Says:

    Aaron are you talking about the light fixtures on the arch?

  7. Aaron Says:

    Is that what they are? Makes sense… No longer there, eh?

  8. NativePDX Says:

    My memory may be fuzzy but there were still some fixtures still hanging there in the mid 70′s and early 80′s. They seem to all have disappeared or rusted away sense then.

  9. Rob Shields Says:

    Yes, those are the fixture brackets. The actual light globes are not there in this picture.

  10. Justin Says:

    The light globes are still present on some of the arches. Check Google street view at 32nd and Glisan for what I think were the original globes/fixtures.

  11. Rob Shields Says:

    Hi Justin,

    There have been several efforts to repair/restore the arches. I would be surprised if any of the globes on any of the arches were original, but replacements have been put up from time to time.

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