Memorial Coliseum, 1969

Portland’s Memorial Coliseum was dedicated January 8, 1961, “…to the memory of our veterans of all wars who made the supreme sacrifice.” Take a moment this weekend to honor all U.S. men and women who died while in military service.

(City of Portland Archives)

5 thoughts on “Memorial Coliseum, 1969

  1. I was working at Holladay Park Hospital at that time. You can see it 1/3 of the way down on the right side. It’s too bad this photo wasn’t taken from the other side of the Calaroga Terrace looking west. There was a large sign on Union (MLK) Ave showing a rendering of Coliseum Gardens. It was an ambitious high density plan for the immediate area. Calaroga Terrace was all that got built. I’ve been looking for that rendering for years now.

  2. I saw The Supremes perform in the Memorial Colieum. They were travelling with the 1964 Auto Show & performed twice/evening in a boxing ring! I still have my souvenir book.

  3. What in the world is that row of buildings beside the railroad tracks? Looks like a very large restaurant and a multi-sectioned motel. I sure hope someone knows because I am very curious. Thanks!

  4. That was the Thunderbird Motel, Lynette. Since you don’t recognize it I’m assuming it’s no longer there.

  5. Nope, definitely no longer there. Just checked on Google Earth and it was still standing as of the 4/30/02 image but completely gone by the 7/31/02 image.

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