Archive for the ‘Downtown’ Category

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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Park Blocks, circa 1890

August 19, 2014

What a wonderful example of winter fashion from this time period! Here we have five girls playing in the snow in the Park Block area. This image was taken circa 1890.

 

Children with a sled in the Park Blocks, circa 1890 : A2004-002.1084

Children with a sled in the Park Blocks, circa 1890 : A2004-002.1084

 

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Pioneer Courthouse Square, 1984

August 5, 2014

The opening ceremonies for the Pioneer Courthouse Square took place on April 7, 1984. This image does a great job capturing the celebration that took place that day. Last week we saw what the area looked like just nine years prior. We see the square from the west side, looking east, towards the courthouse.

 Pioneer Courthouse Square opening ceremonies, April 7, 1984 : A2000-020.7

Pioneer Courthouse Square opening ceremonies, April 7, 1984 : A2000-020.7

 

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SW 4th and Morrison, 1940

July 10, 2014

The photograph for today is of a street car going through the busy downtown intersection at SW 4th Avenue and Morrison Street. Fred Meyer, Dr. J. J. Colton, Dentist, and Chown Hardware are just a few of the businesses that line these downtown streets in 1940.

SW 4th Ave. and Morrison St. 1940 : A2005-001.863

SW 4th Ave. and Morrison St. 1940 : A2005-001.863

 

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