Archive for the ‘Downtown’ Category

Portland Waterfront, circa 1918

October 13, 2014

Over the years, the Portland waterfront has transformed many times. Here is what the waterfront looked like circa 1918. This view is looking west, towards downtown Portland.

 

Portland waterfront and downtown looking west, circa 1918 : A2004-002.570

Portland waterfront and downtown looking west, circa 1918 : A2004-002.570

 

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W Burnside Street, 1913

October 7, 2014

This is a view of West Burnside St. looking east from 3rd Ave. taken on October 18, 1913. There are several signs and advertisements that are visible in this photograph, including Clark’s, All Nations Saloon, and a U.S. Army Recruiting Station window sign. Notice the mounted police officer and the old Burnside Bridge in the background.

 

West Burnside looking east from 3rd Ave, Oct. 18, 1913 : A2009-009.77

West Burnside looking east from 3rd Ave, Oct. 18, 1913 : A2009-009.77

 

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Front and Morrison, 1894

September 23, 2014

Downtown Portland routinely experienced high water and this photograph from 1894 captures the challenges and adventures of flooded streets. This image was taken on Front and Morrison St. and comes from the book, Portland: Its History and Builders, Volume 1, by Joseph Gaston.

 

Flood scene at Front and Morrison, 1894 : A2004-002.7772

Flood scene at Front and Morrison, 1894 : A2004-002.7772

 

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Portland Waterfront, 1935

September 12, 2014

This aerial from 1935, gives us a great view of the ships arriving at the Portland waterfront for the rose festival. In this image we see the old (second) Morrison Bridge, the Burnside Bridge, and the Steel Bridge. This is a wonderful example of what the waterfront once looked like before the waterfront park existed.

 

Aerial view of ships arriving for the Rose Festival in downtown Portland, 1935 : A2005-005.1396.3

Aerial view of ships arriving for the Rose Festival in downtown Portland, 1935 : A2005-005.1396.3

 

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Former Mayor Earl Riley, circa 1948

September 8, 2014

Mayors and bikes have a long history in Portland. The man sitting on the tricycle is former mayor Earl Riley. Can anyone name the other men in this image?

 

Mayor Earl Riley and city officials posing with tricycle outside City Hall, circa 1948 : A2005-005.261.21

Mayor Earl Riley and city officials posing with tricycle outside City Hall, circa 1948 : A2005-005.261.21

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SW 4th and Yamhill, circa 1925

September 3, 2014

This view of SW 4th Ave. and Yamhill St. includes the exterior of the Public Employment Bureau, a men’s restroom, and a market storefront. The building formerly housed Portland’s Central Fire Station 1, which was built in 1890. Prior to the Central Fire Station occupying the site, it was home to the Volunteer Fire Department’s Vigilance Hook and Ladder dating back to the 1850s. This image was taken circa 1925.

 

Public Empolyment Bur exterior view SW 3rd and Yamhill, circa 1925 : A2009-009.90

Public Empolyment Bur exterior view SW 4th and Yamhill, circa 1925 : A2009-009.90

 

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City Hall, 1940

August 26, 2014

Today we have an interior image from City Hall. We can see city employees loading records into the vault. Look at the size of some of those books! This image is from August 8, 1940, yet we still refer to some of those volumes today.

 

Employees Loading Files into Elevator, Aug. 8, 1940 : A2009-009.420

Employees Loading Files into Elevator, Aug. 8, 1940 : A2009-009.420

 

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