City Incinerator, 1932

The newly opened city incinerator is shown here in this 1932 photo. Located on N. Columbia Blvd, you can see the overall area in this 1940 aerial photo from an earlier Vintage Portland post.

(City of Portland Archives)

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7 Responses to “City Incinerator, 1932”

  1. Aaron Says:

    Whew! Sure glad it failed to incinerate the city!

  2. Mike Peterson Says:

    I wish the tower still existed. North Portland needs more landmarks to help orient oneself.

  3. dash Says:

    what was the incinerator originally built to burn? I thought I read somewhere that the city once burned dead animals there.

  4. Tom Jones Says:

    Recycling hadn’t been invented. I would think they just took all the garbage there and burned it. What ever wouldn’t burn probably went into a landfill or was dumped in the Pacific.

  5. George Says:

    There’s an excellent webpage about the history of Portland’s solid waste disposal at the St. Johns landfill site (Bybee and Smith Lakes), going back as far as 1940, but it doesn’t cover the 1930s: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=25126

  6. Denis Says:

    Yes, the landfill was essentially just across Columbia Boulevard. This is the chimney for which Chimney Park was named. The building still stands and is about to be renovated by Portland Parks and Recreation after serving as their document archives for years.

  7. silvertonbobbie Says:

    I believe that the City archives were stored in that building for a time.

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