Archive for the ‘Southwest’ Category

Meier and Frank Parking Lot, 1975

July 29, 2014

Here we have a great color image of the Meier and Frank parking lot located at the current Pioneer Square location. This image was captured only a few years before construction would begin. On the left upper corner you can see the Orpheum Theater, which was located at the corner or SW Broadway and Yamhill.

Meier and Frank parking lot, Sept. 22, 1975 : A2008-008.3646

Meier and Frank parking lot, Sept. 22, 1975 : A2008-008.3646

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SW Ankeny, 1894

July 22, 2014

Here we have a scene at SW Ankeny and the Park blocks during the flood of 1894. The image is from a book by Joseph Gaston titled, Portland – Its History and Builders, Vol. 1. Despite the flooding, everyone in this image seems to be taking the situation in stride.

SW Ankeny and SW Park  during flooding, 1894 : A2004-002.7771

SW Ankeny and SW Park during flooding, 1894 : A2004-002.7771

 

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Portland Cable Railway, circa 1890

July 18, 2014

Here we see the Portland Cable Railway Co. trestle that ran through Portland Heights. In a previous post, we saw the trestle from a different angle. This image is from circa 1890.

Portland Heights cable railway, circa 1890 : A2004-002.6867

Portland Heights cable railway, circa 1890 : A2004-002.6867

 

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Mill Ends, 1976

July 17, 2014

Mill Ends became an official Portland city park on St. Patrick’s Day in 1976. Many of you know it as the “world’s smallest park.” Mill Ends is located at SW Naito Parkway and SW Taylor Street. The park’s ceremonial groundbreaking was performed by Commissioner Ivancie. Click here to learn more about the park’s history.

 

Groundbreaking ceremony for Mill Ends Park, 1976 : A2000-006.47

Groundbreaking ceremony for Mill Ends Park, 1976 : A2000-006.47

 

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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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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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Bear Dens, circa 1935

July 7, 2014

It’s hard to believe that Washington Park once housed several bears. Here was see the bear pit that was located where the Japanese Garden is today. This photograph was taken circa 1935.

Bear Dens City Park (Washington Park), circa 1935 : A2004-002.857

Bear Dens City Park (Washington Park), circa 1935 : A2004-002.857

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