Posts Tagged ‘Willamette River’

SW Portland Aerial, c1938

April 24, 2014

Yesterday’s location at SW Barbur Blvd. & Bancroft Street can be seen in this terrific aerial view from roughly above OHSU looking eastward. The main east-west street below us is Bancroft while Terwilliger and Barbur are the main streets that cross from left to right. The large building near the upper-right is the old Holman Public School. The manufacturing plant along the river sits about where the Old Spaghetti Factory and the South Waterfront district are now.

A2010-001.98 Close-In SW from OHSU facing east c1938(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)

West Side Flood Waters, 1948

December 23, 2013

The spring flood of 1948 affected most of the properties east of SW Moody Avenue near the Ross Island Bridge. This area is now the heart of the South Waterfront district.

A1999-004.1106 flood waters west side near Ross Island Bridge 1948(City of Portland Archives)

USS Portland Under St. Johns Bridge, 1933

December 11, 2013

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.

uss portland detail 19331027(The Oregonian. Retrieved from

St. Johns Bridge, 1937

December 9, 2013

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.

A2004-002.2773 St Johns Bridge looking east 1937(City of Portland Archives)

Ross Island Bridge, 1926

November 21, 2013

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. 

A2004-002.6387 Ross Island bridge 1926(City of Portland Archives)


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