SE Powell & 39th, 1937

You had your choice of Texaco or Standard gas if you were motoring east on SE Powell at 39th Avenue in 1937. And that’s just on the south side of Powell. Previous views of this corner have shown that all four corners held gas stations at that time.

A2005-001.518  SE Powell Blvd and 39th Ave looking east on Powell Blvd 1937(City of Portland Archives)

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16 Responses to “SE Powell & 39th, 1937”

  1. EcoGrrl Says:

    So many big trees on Powell…ahhh…

  2. Dave Says:

    I suppose at that point, if you were going out much farther than 39th and Powell, you were kind of “out for a long haul,” and you’d probably need a good fill-up before going further.

    This intersection is one of the worst intersections in the central city nowadays, in my opinion. Used to live right on the NW corner, behind the hearing aid shop and the payday loans place.

  3. Brian Caughey Says:

    My parents, both of whom grew up in the Franklin High area in the 1910s and 1920s, referred to Powell as “Powell Valley Road” all their lives.

  4. Tad Says:

    Was this unincorporated at the time?

  5. Jill-O Says:

    Dave, that intersection is a party compared to SE Powell and Milwaukie/12th.

  6. Dave Says:

    True, that one is pretty bad as well. I suppose basically anywhere Powell crosses another major street is kind of awful.

  7. Brian Says:

    @Tad: No, it was well inside Portland.

  8. David Johnson Says:

    I’m gonna guess that’s a hand truck in the back of that truck. That would be the handles sticking up in the air.

  9. Fred Stewart Says:

    Reblogged this on Oregon Real Estate Round Table.

  10. Tom Jones Says:

    Amazing how rural this intersection looked in 1937. Especially when even then it was probably no more than 8 or 9 miles to City Center.

  11. Bruce Urmson Says:

    you all should have been around before the 17th ave underpass,especially when they were picking up/dropping off railcars in the industrial area in back of division. traffic would back up for miles, at least twice a day

  12. Elliott Says:

    What’s the little bump thing with two black spots at the corner with the stoplight?

  13. Quadrazontil Says:

    I think the “bump” is a reflector with little cat’s eye glass beads. There is one still at about S.E. 63rd and Stark at the ramp up to Scott Dr.

  14. Mike Says:

    I believe the original name of powell was powells valley road. At least it was called that in Gresham.

  15. Tad Says:

    It still is when you get way out.

  16. floridaval Says:

    Tom was saying how rural it was. I remember just 25 years later it was a hustling bustling area!

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