Archive for the ‘Bridge’ 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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Steel Bridge, 1948

July 11, 2014

In the late spring of 1948, Portland experienced a terrible flood, commonly referred to as the Vanport Flood. This photograph of the Steel Bridge was taken May 28th, just two days before the dike that was holding back the Columbia River broke and flooded Vanport. At this point you can see that the water was already up to the bottom of the Steel Bridge.

Flood water beneath the Steel Bridge, May 28, 1948 :  A1999-004.1013

Flood water beneath the Steel Bridge, May 28, 1948 : A1999-004.1013

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St. Johns Bridge, c1930

April 15, 2014

An unusual perspective on the St. Johns Bridge construction circa 1930. The far side of the east tower is covered in scaffolding. If you look closely, you can see workers up near the top, lending a sense of scale to the project.

A2004-002.9146 St Johns Bridge 1930(City of Portland Archives)

SE Bybee Blvd Overpass, 1934

April 3, 2014

The SE Bybee Blvd. overpass over SE McLoughlin Blvd. is shown here undergoing construction work in 1934. Rails for the Sellwood and Eastmoreland trolley lines can be seen in the foreground and in the distance to the west. Were they being replaced by the new trolley buses at this time?

A2009-009.2969 Bridge Construction SE Bybee Blvd 1934(City of Portland Archives)

SE Nehalem St & 21st Ave, 1931

March 18, 2014

You can still drive over this little bridge today, or at least it’s improved and heftier descendant. It spans Crystal Springs Creek on SE Nehalem Street, just east of 21st Avenue in the Sellwood Moreland neighborhood. This view is to the west on Nehalem.

A2009-009.2780 Bridge Repair on SE 21st and Nehalem 1931(City of Portland Archives)

Portland Aerial View, 1963

March 13, 2014

Here’s a pretty aerial view of Southwest and Southeast Portland along the Willamette in 1963. The Marquam Bridge was still under construction and both banks of the river were generally much more industrialized than they are now. Lots of good detail to soak up in this beauty.

A2004-001.1012 Marquam bridge under construction 1963(City of Portland Archives)

St Johns Bridge Construction, c1930

March 6, 2014

East side approach ramp construction was underway in this circa 1930 photo of the St. Johns Bridge. Cabling and main bridge decking had not yet started. The old St. Johns City Hall building on the left was covered with ivy and a fountain once flowed in the street.

A2009-009.863 St Johns Bridge construction south from N Burlington c1930(City of Portland Archives)


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