Official ground plan of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in the Northwest Portland/Guild’s Lake area. Guild’s Lake was completely filled in by the 1920s and very little remains of the exposition itself. Very cool map, lots of detail, very informative.
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This nice bird’s-eye illustration of North Portland was put out by the North Portland Commercial Club in 1919. It appears to be promoting North Portland’s commercial and industrial potential and its access to various forms of transportation, i.e., rail, highway, streetcar, shipping channels, etc.
The City of Portland Vice Commission created a map of known and suspected immoral dwellings and businesses in the downtown area in 1913. The map has apparently faded to nothing but markers on a white page but by turning, scaling and fitting the known elements (Irving Street, 23rd Avenue, etc.) I was able to overlay the vice map on top of a modern Google map of the city. The resultant composite gives a pretty accurate indication of where much of Portland’s immoral activity took place. Click here to see a raw version of the original map. As always, click on any image to see a larger, more detailed version.
E.S. Glover’s 1879 bird’s-eye view of Portland is pretty spectacular. It accurately portrays the early buildings and landscape in this growing city. It also shows some natural features such as Tanner Creek, the gullies of South Portland, and the creek outflow near present-day OMSI, that are all filled today. As always, click for hi-res version.
This richly colored 1890 bird’s-eye view illustration of Portland showed the city from the industrial Northwest to South Portland and included Albina and East Portland. It also featured detailed views of select homes and businesses. A key at the bottom located many other properties.
Yesterday’s post showed the US Navy torpedo boats Fox and Davis in Portland in probably 1908. Those torpedo boats, along with the Goldsborough, were constructed at Portland’s Wolff & Zwicker Iron Works in 1898. The Sanborn map below shows the Wolff & Zwicker site along the east bank of the Willamette River at the foot of Hawthorne Ave. Below that, the photo of the Fox under construction would have been with the photographer probably standing on the smaller of the “marine ways” at top left, looking east into the “ship building shed.” The building on shore would be one of the “dressed lumber sheds.”