Memorial Coliseum, 1969

Veterans Memorial Coliseum was almost a decade old when this aerial photo was taken in 1969. Quite a bit has changed over the years; the neighborhood north of N. Broadway is all gone now, as is the old Thunderbird Motel complex to the left of the photo. The Rose Garden arena will in later years fill the south part of this photo, and the future Fremont Bridge will define the area farther to the northwest.

Aerial of Memorial Coliseum looking north 1969(City of Portland Archives)

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7 Responses to “Memorial Coliseum, 1969”

  1. Dennis Says:

    I worked at the Mother Bird in the mid 1980s doing maintenance, it was in pretty bad shape at that time.

  2. Fred Stewart Says:

    This development was built onto of what was a black neighborhood in Portland.Most of the homes in this area were owned by black people. The city forced many out in one way or another and clearly did not allow them any opportunities to be involved. Few black people were allowed to work on the construction of the project. To the Good Old, Bad Old Race Relation Days of Portland Oregon!

  3. Ian Fraley Says:

    When was the Thunderbird Motel torn down? I would be interested to see more pictures of it, either in its heyday or later in its notoriously run down condition. Dan Haneckow has an interesting write up on the now vacant site:

    http://www.cafeunknown.com/2006/11/forgotten-portland-one-of-my-favorite.html?m=1

  4. Marsha Walker Says:

    I’ve always disliked the Coliseum, it’s just a box in the middle of a desert of pavement.

  5. Ian Says:

    Answering my own question:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/31086818@N08/5238540519/#DiscussPhoto

  6. Tad Says:

    What’s the large-ish building on the hilltop in the distance overlooking where Greeley curves out of sight?

  7. Sifton Says:

    @ Tad; Bess Kaiser Hospital?

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