Duniway Park, 1957

It appeared to be a soggy winter day when this photo overlooking Duniway Park was taken. The view is northeast with SW 4th Avenue and Sheridan Streets just past the park. In just a few years everything east of 4th would come down for urban renewal and I-405 would slice through the neighborhood just a couple blocks north of Sheridan; that big white house location just past the intersection is probably right in the middle of I-405 now.

(LIFE)

8 thoughts on “Duniway Park, 1957

  1. Anyone who took outdoor P.E. classes ( touch football, etc. ) will never, ever forget Duniway !!! The P.S.C. football team practiced there during the Fall and the field was usually a quagmire by mid-October .The resulting quagmire usually resulted in old broken glass, rusty nails & metal pieces, etc.working their way to the surface from what seemed to be an old dump. Another interesting item was Portland State having their Homecoming Bonfire ( old telephone poles, pallets, etc. ) right in that N.E. corner …… always an exciting scene when sparks flew across Sheridan and landed on the roofs of the North side buildings and ; bringing the PFD out to
    hose down the roofs. I think 1957 or maybe 1958 were the last years for this event …… oh, and the parade floats and assembly area were at ” The Carnival ” just around the corner for the noise parade down 6th & back up Broadway . The P.S.C. eleven battled the U. of British Columbia ” Thunderbirds ” in ’57 and the Park Blockers took the hockey boys to football school that year !!!

  2. Every time I see certain old photos, especially like this one, my brain seems to go into automatic; “and this is where we turn left, then up a couple of blocks and then we turn right…and then we’ll be “downtown”!” Childhood memories of sitting in the back seat and looking out the windows! Nice to know I still have those “pictures” left in my memory banks!

  3. I am a member of the “antique bottle club of Oregon”. The older members had a field day when they dug in the I405 freeway corridor. They still talk about it fondly.

  4. I noticed the Life Magazine logo on the and googled “Portland Life Magazine 1957″. This is what I found, pretty funny…

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