SE 52nd Ave & Foster, 1937

This was a curious little golf shack on the corner of SE 52nd Avenue and Foster Road back in 1937; surely there wasn’t a golf course anywhere near here. The triangular lot between Foster and SE Bush had an Associated Gas Station like the one we saw recently in St. Johns. And the tile-roofed diner is still on the south side of Bush today.

A2005-001.202  SE Foster Rd from 52nd Ave looking south 1937
(City of Portland Archives)

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11 Responses to “SE 52nd Ave & Foster, 1937”

  1. igor stravinsky Says:

    The golf shack seems to have an odd series of holes in it too. What’s that about?

    Are those trolley wires on Foster? Should I be able to see tracks in this shot? Are they just out of shot, coming up 52nd?

  2. Eric Schaefer Says:

    Although there were no golf courses nearby, there was a driving range on 82nd, maybe more than one.

  3. Brian Says:

    Regarding the trolley wires, Foster was converted to trolley-bus in 1936 so it looks like (from this and other 1937 photos of Foster from this site) that the tracks had already been paved over and/or removed.

  4. Tom Jones Says:

    Just a couple of miles south on 52nd to Sho’s.

  5. Ross Slyter Says:

    The sign on the store says, “Now serving Hot Fountain Lunches”. What is a hot fountain lunch?

  6. Jill-O Says:

    I think that means that there is a lunch counter and a soda fountain (less formal than table service) and that they serve hot food (as opposed to cold sandwiches).

  7. Dan Says:

    Maybe there’s no relationship at all, but it seems curious that the Golf shack is just a block from a joint called “The Trap.” Seems like there was something golf-related in that neighborhood.

  8. Adam Says:

    Definitely a curious golf building there!
    current street view :
    I think “Fountain Lunch” just means you can get a hot lunch at the soda fountain. Thanks for the great website!

  9. Tim Ledbetter Says:

    Any chance there was a miniature golf course there? Looks like the window where you would go to get your clubs and balls.

  10. Shelley F Says:

    The fountain restaurant in the old picture is obviously “The Trap” in the current view. Nothing else is recognizable, but that looks exactly the same. So neat to see!

  11. Rose Says:

    There was a mini golf place not far from here at one time. Maybe it was an advertisement for that

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