Archive for the ‘1910s’ Category

Broadway Bridge, circa 1918

July 23, 2014

Today we have an image of the Broadway Bridge, circa 1918. Bridge construction took place between 1911 and 1912. Click here for more information on the Broadway Bridge.

Broadway bridge with ship, circa 1918 : A2004-002.569

Broadway bridge with ship, circa 1918 : A2004-002.569

 

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SW 3rd Avenue, 1915

July 9, 2014

Today we have an image of the beautiful lighted arches that once lined 3rd Avenue in southwest Portland from 1915. This was known as the Great Light Way, which was erected in 1914. All the remnants of the Great Light Way have been removed.

Arch street lights SW 3rd Ave. 1915 : 2004-002.1445

Arch street lights SW 3rd Ave. 1915 : 2004-002.1445

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NW Front Ave & Flanders, 1912

June 10, 2014

This rather Gothic industrial scene shows the Portland Gas Company complex in Northwest Portland in 1912. We’re facing southeast, with Front Avenue going off to the right and Flanders Street making its unimproved way to the Willamette River on the left. As rough as the Boss Saloon probably was, the little building seemed to have some nice architectural details. The 1894 Burnside Bridge can be seen in the background.

A2004-002.6815 Boss Saloon and Portland Gas at NW Flanders and Front 1912(City of Portland Archives)

SW Washington St, 1910

June 9, 2014

Looking west on SW Washington through its intersection with 3rd Avenue, we can see that streetcar and horse traffic were the main (or maybe only) modes of transportation in downtown Portland in 1910. The Dekum and Spalding Buildings straddle Washington in the foreground, while the Perkins Hotel at 5th Avenue can be identified by its pyramidal roof.

SW Washington looking west from 3rd Ave 1910(City of Portland Archives)

NW Davis St. & 14th, 1917

April 22, 2014

A century ago, crossing NW 14th Avenue west on Davis Street would lead you to a row of residential homes and apartments. Today you’d take your life in your hands crossing an off-ramp from I-405 and then a fence would stop you from accessing what’s left of that block.

A2000-003.50 SE corner NW 14th Ave & NW Davis St. 1917(City of Portland Archives)

W Burnside & 16th

April 21, 2014

The north side of W. Burnside between 15th and 16th Avenues was a lively hub of commerce in 1917. A newsstand and a barber shop, art, antiques and salvage material, a Saxon automobile dealership, and a garage all shared this block.

A2000-003.34 527 Burnside St  1500 block W Burnside St. 1917(City of Portland Archives)

Fairmount Hotel Postcard Back, c1910

April 4, 2014

Tuesday’s postcard that we identified as the Fairmount Hotel at NW Vaughn & 26th created a bit of doubt about it actually being the Fairmount. Shown here is the back of the same postcard. It does not prove anything other than that the writer thought it was the Fairmount, but here it is anyway.

fairmount hotel back c1910(Bud Holland)


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