SW Vista, NW 23rd & Burnside, 1913

We just can’t seem to leave this intersection, especially when VP fans like Bud Holland keep sending us such fantastic material. Murlark Hall again is the center of the action and the caption pretty much describes the scene. Note the “Benson Bubbler” behind the gent on the fire hydrant. Compare with this 1952 photo from the same vantage point. Thanks Bud, great stuff.

(Bud Holland)

7 thoughts on “SW Vista, NW 23rd & Burnside, 1913

  1. It’s amazing the difference 40 years makes. Streetcar tracks are gone, replaced by heavy auto traffic and several gas/service stations.

  2. Interesting the Railway car shop was replaced by a gas station.

    A synopsis of Portland urban history in 2 photos.

  3. Of course some hipster left his bike sitting around while buying drugs. Typical Portland.

  4. Fireplug and bubbler made it to ’58, but it appears the fireplug has changed and bubbler is gone.

    Street alignment is better now too – It looks like both streets ate into the neighboring blocks a bit.


  5. There is a more frontal photo of Murlark Hall in “Old Portland” that shows it much better. I don’t have a web address for it tho’. I’ll send it to VP and maybe they can post.

  6. I like this photo. I’d seen the previous two before, but never this shot from this angle. It shows all legs of the intersection better.

  7. I used to live up on that block on Vista! Everyday I would walk down to this intersection and look down burnside and feel good about where I lived!

    No Gap or Levi’s store!

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