SE 39th & Powell, c1937

When we last saw this building, in a 1935 photo, it was a Signal gas station. By about 1937 it was the Powell Tavern, as seen here. There appears to be a Richfield station behind the tavern and a Texaco on the near corner. The area looked almost rural at the time. This view is north on 39th.

(City of Portland Archives)

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3 Responses to “SE 39th & Powell, c1937”

  1. NativePDX Says:

    This is not Portland, but here is something I came across today, NY Photos. I thought may draw some interest.

    Never-before-seen photos from 100 years ago tell vivid story of gritty New York City

  2. Brian Caughey Says:

    I worked near there at the Parry Center in the early 60s and remember buying gas at a Hancock station where the Powell Tavern is in the photo…for about 20 cents a gallon.

    My parents never ceased calling Powell “Powell Valley Road.”

    Thanx NativePDX for those NYC photos. I was just there in some of those same places a few days ago.

  3. classictvman1981x Says:

    A Safeway store would show up at this intersection beginning in 1941. That store would receive its first expansion in 1974, and an even bigger expansion in 2001.

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