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.
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VP fan Lefty did his investigative work and dug out the fact that Monday’s photo of the USS Portland passing under the St. Johns Bridge was in fact taken in 1933 and not the posted date of 1937. Below is the photo from The Oregonian of October 27, 1933, taken just seconds before Monday’s image. Lefty was also correct in spotting the sailor standing on the yardarm near the top of the main mast. Click here to read the entire article regarding the ship’s visit to Portland.
(The Oregonian. Retrieved from http://infoweb.newsbank.com)
The heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA-33) travels under the St. Johns Bridge in this 1937 photo. The ship, named for Portland, Maine, is heading upriver with the St. Johns neighborhood seen across the Willamette and the Portland Woolen Mills seen below the bridge.
Just an absolutely brilliant photo of the Ross Island Bridge under construction. The view is to the northeast as the main span girders are joined in the middle. Although it’s mystifyingly dated 1937 on the front, this is almost certainly 1926, as the bridge opened in December of that year.
We get a double-dose of Ross Island Bridge goodness today. The top photo, with all the construction equipment, shows work crews grading and preparing to pave the west end bridge approach. The second photo, with the cars parked along SW Grover St., shows paving in that area complete, but with more work to be done before the bridge can open.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum was almost a decade old when this aerial photo was taken in 1969. Quite a bit has changed over the years; the neighborhood north of N. Broadway is all gone now, as is the old Thunderbird Motel complex to the left of the photo. The Rose Garden arena will in later years fill the south part of this photo, and the future Fremont Bridge will define the area farther to the northwest.