Horse-drawn wagons were certainly the transportation of choice on Front Street in 1910; automobiles had not yet caught on in a big way. This view is south, probably at about Stark or Washington Street.
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A fantastic aerial photo from circa 1938 showing old South Portland, from today’s Riverplace area and PSU campus through Duniway Park and the Veteran’s Hospital in the distance. The large industrial complex at lower center is the old Smith & Watson Iron Works, makers of cast iron architectural pieces for many of Portland’s early commercial buildings, as well as fire hydrants that can be found today.
Perhaps it was a big shopping event that drew all the cars to the Portland Public Market on the westside waterfront in 1941. Wholesale destruction of Portland’s cast-iron buildings in the nearby area had not begun by this time but the coming decades would provide even more parking as many of the old buildings along Front and 1st Avenue fell to the wreckers.
The Portland Public Market building is seen here in 1942 along Front Street looking northeast from Salmon; we’d see Salmon Street Springs on the right edge of the photo today. It must have been a nice summer day when this photo was taken; most windows are open to catch the breeze in the days before air-conditioning was common.
Another image of the May 1948 flood that swamped many low lying areas along Portland’s waterfront. This photo looks north along NW Front from under the Steel Bridge ramp. Union Station is to the left and the Broadway Bridge in the background. The industrial property along the right was decades away from becoming McCormick Pier Condos.