Parkrose, 1949

The Parkrose Bowl, a grocery shop, a bank, the Parkrose Theater and a hardware store across the street gave the intersection at NE Sandy and 100th Ave. a real neighborhood feel. I’m not sure anything in this photo survived to see the 21st century. This view looks east on Sandy.

(City of Portland Archives)

10 thoughts on “Parkrose, 1949

  1. Interesting how they spelled it “Park Rose”. I suspect a few buildings might still be there, just heavily remodeled. I need to figure out which direction the photo was taken. I’m curious to see if any buildings are still there.

  2. According to, there are a few buildings between 102nd and 103rd that were built before 1949: 10227, 10279, 10302, and 10323 NE Sandy. The one at 10302 might be visible on the right side of the photo, behind “Open All Night Gas.”

    Not much to get excited about, though, given all the others that were lost.

  3. Slightly west where Sandy has a “crook” in it there used to be an all night restaurant called Tony’s,Red Apple sorta NE catty corner to the Flamingo, and there was a post office sort of behind and to the west of Tony’s. That all disappeared under the motel and Elmer’s.(And maybe the freeway off-ramp).

  4. Dave Brunker. Your Google Maps link above is interesting. Check out the fuel prices at the Shell. $2.21/gallon for unleaded.

  5. I looks like it heading east and most of the buildings are gone.

    On the left side near the back of the photo you can see the letters
    “ER” behind the Parkrose theater. I’m pretty sure that was the old Copland lumber building and it is still there.

    This appears to be shot from the area next to the cemetery or Elmers pancake house. They are raising money for a immigrate statue to be placed near this spot, as I type.


  6. Parkrose is currently a revitalization project. A 50/50 with TIF funds (Tax increment Funds) and $ raised. We are currently in the process of hiring a revitalization manager to help us with our “Historic Parkrose” District Project.

    Check out “Historic Parkrose” and the “Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Inititative”, Parkrose Neighborhood Association. Like us on FaceBook!

    We’re all abuzz! We’re looking for Historical Photos!

  7. I used to have that view as a child. At 100th Ave. and Sandy there was a light. Now 100th Ave has been shut off. Some of those buildings were standing in the 1970’s. After the post office moved in 1977 to 122nd. The buildings seemed to leave. Then when the east Portland Freeway went through the area. It seemed much changed. Just a memory.

  8. I love seeing old photos of parkrose. I was raised just off 134th and freemont. I wish I could find of old parkrose, I want to find an old picture of 122nd pre 84 and the Garrie farm as well. I wish parkrose didn’t take such a turn for the worse. But I still love it.

  9. The view is looking east. Lund’s hardware is in the right at 100th street. Harold and Wilda Lund were the owners and raised three boys in the home located above the store. My Grandparents, Frank and Annie Ozier owned the Shell station on 101st. They moved there in 1936 with their 5 children from Minnesota and Anna remained there living in the attached house until 1984. Frank walked the streets of Parkrose daily for many years and was known as the sidewalk mayor. He died in 1973. I have photos showing Sandy Blvd. when it was a unpaved road.

    I spend a lot of time in that immediate area. My parents banked at the US Bank, we shopped at Tops All, we went to movies at the theater, and bowled at the bowling alley. Copeland Lumber was at 102nd as was another great store, Wigwam.

    We watched it all change throughout the years. The movie theater became a church for awhile and each building was tore down, one by one. Bank of America was built between 100th and 101st, replacing a Tavern, I believe. the post office moved to 122ndAve. Eventually my grandparents old Shell station and house was also tore down to become a auto repair shop. Pony Soldifer Inn and Elmers replaced the Bank, Post office, Tops All and theater. A newer Shell station replaced the Lund’s Hardware block and yet another Shell Station and market replaced Copeland Lumber and Wigwam at 102nd.

    The area now is almost unrecognizable from the 1949 photo. Lots of memories

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