SW 4th & Washington, 1946

There were some great business signs along SW 4th Avenue north of Washington Street in 1946. “Paradise Inn Chop Suey” is a classic. Except for the block on the immediate left, almost everything we see here is miraculously still standing.

A2005-001.887 SW 4th at Washington  north 1946(City of Portland Archives)

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8 Responses to “SW 4th & Washington, 1946”

  1. Mike Says:

    Natural Gas holder tank there in the background at the end of the street.

  2. greg Says:

    Coal gas actually.

  3. Tad Says:

    What’s the white sign on the extreme right say? Don’t stand something, watch oncoming something?

  4. Ian Says:

    You can see a sliver of the pre-remodel Merchants National Bank Building on the right, highlighted in this previous VP post,


    In one of the linked photos, you can see more clearly the sign that Tad asked about. “Don’t stand ‘spellbound?’ Watch incoming traffic” I wonder if these photos were taken the same day in 1946

  5. Mike Says:

    In 1947 it would be gas from oil actually. Natural Gas arrived in 56

  6. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    Uh… is this the right Street View, it doesn’t match up does it?


  7. Ian Says:

    Dave your view is facing south on 4th. The photo is actually facing north:


  8. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    OK, yes! I see that now. Thank you, Ian!

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