Jantzen Beach Amusement Park, 1936

This 1936 aerial view shows the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park on Hayden Island. The park opened in 1928 and at the time was the largest amusement park in the nation. The photo is oriented with southwest at the top. The natatorium is next to the part of the Interstate Bridge (then only one span wide) that crosses North Portland Harbor, while the roller coaster is clearly visible near the bottom. The park closed in 1970 and is now the site of Jantzen Beach shopping mall.

(City of Portland Archives)

11 thoughts on “Jantzen Beach Amusement Park, 1936

  1. I loved Jantzen Beach. Especially the high dive on the big pool. Of course, I never dove. I could only muster up the courage to jump. The rollercoaster was great, too. So sad to see it torn down for a shopping center!

  2. didn’t a couple buildings from the Lewis & Clark exposition in 1905 get transplanted to the hayden island amusement park?

    anyone know the answer to this?

  3. The webpage that you sent to us needs to move forward over the 1917 Northbound Interstate bridge not the 1958 southbound Interstate bridge.

  4. i remember the pool, with 91 kisn blaring from the pa system, and after the swim always came the fresh cut french fries from a vender right next to the pool! now, its all gone, but for a half empty shopping center! what a waste!

  5. Jantzen Beach was a great place to go on the week-ends. Went to dances, swimming, roller coaster (which is in Canada now), fun house (remember the air up your skirts)? Mid-way and so much more. Broke my heart to see it gone, was a very sad day when they closed this wonderful (Disneyland in Portland)! Also my mom and dad danced there.

  6. Chuck, was that the one where you had to wait in line and then climb a long ladder? There was a platform at the top? When I was a kid I climbed up onto a platform and of course I could go back down the ladder so I was forced to jump, I was terrified and never did it again! Was this it?

  7. My grand parents owned Hannigan’s Tavern on Belmont, every year they had a picnic for all their customers. As a young kid I would get a wrist band and all the rides were free. Never got to ride the dipper as I was too short.
    Great memories

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