Station 19, circa 1915

This image of firefighters on motorcycles was taken circa 1915. This photograph comes from a collection of images of Station 19, located at 1597 SE Stark Street, which became 6049 SE Stark after the street renumbering. The gentleman on the left is Edward Boatright, the founder of the Fire Bureau’s Toy and Joy program.

 

Firefighters on motorcycles, circa 1915: A2001-083

Firefighters on motorcycles, circa 1915: A2001-083

 

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SW 6th Avenue, 1932

This photograph of SW 6th Avenue is looking south towards Stark Street. On the right of the image is the US National Bank of Oregon.

 

SW 6th Ave. looking south, Jan. 4, 1932 : A2004-001.638

SW 6th Ave. looking south, Jan. 4, 1932 : A2004-001.638

 

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Stark Street

The image you see today was sent in by Brian Rollins. The photo was taken at the foot of Stark Street before the seawall was constructed.

The boy on the right is William Kerr.  The four boys took the sloop from downtown on a voyage down to Astoria and back. Keep in mind that the boys did it without GPS, cell phone, radar or other assistance.

You can see the Burnside Bridge in the background.

Astoria Voyage of William Kerr on Sloop Albatross : Brian Rollins

Astoria Voyage of William Kerr on Sloop Albatross : Brian Rollins

SE 39th Ave & Stark, 1949

Monday’s photo at SE 39th and Belmont had so many comments that I thought this companion photo might be as well received. This was taken just a few blocks north, looking south down SE 39th at Stark Street on the same date. Those linemen can be seen rewiring the utility poles in this photo too.

A2000-025.2111 Before widening SE 39th south of Stark 1949(City of Portland Archives)

Union Block, Part 2, 1955

Yesterday’s post showed the intact Union Block in 1955 shortly before its demolition. Today’s photo is the same corner, SW 2nd and Stark, during demolition. Not much remains of the staid old building. Here a pedestrian walks past the cast-iron-fronted corner entrance.

union block 9797 1955(University of Oregon Libraries)

Union Block, 1955

The once-impressive Union Block covered the full block between SW 1st and 2nd Avenues, Stark and Oak Streets. Built in stages between 1879 and 1881, the building featured fine cast-iron pieces from Willamette Iron Works. It was demolished in 1955. This view is northeast across SW 2nd and Stark.

union block 9806 1955(University of Oregon Libraries)

SE Stark & 82nd, 1934

SE Stark Street seemed aptly named in this 1934 photo. Starkly populated, at least by today’s standards, very little traffic, or much of anything else, impedes this view to the west as Stark climbs over the north edge of Mt. Tabor in the distance.

A2009-009.3208 SE Stark near 82nd 1934(City of Portland Archives)