Parade at SW 3rd & Alder, 1905

This 1905 image shows soldiers, possibly the Oregon National Guard, during a parade downtown. The building opposite is on the northeast corner of SW 3rd and Alder.

(City of Portland Archives)

19 thoughts on “Parade at SW 3rd & Alder, 1905

  1. Hmmm, the men are not marching and the crowd is craning their necks to see further down the street. Perhaps this is the honor guard for some visiting dignitary? Maybe something to do with the Lewis and Clark Centennial?

    The current building on the NE corner of Alder and Third is the Willamette Building* aka the Panama Building.

    *Not to be confused with the older Willamette Building on second and Yamhill.

  2. Wait a minute… That flag has 48 stars but AZ and NM weren’t admitted to the union until 1912. This can’t be 1905!

  3. Good eyes Dave and Brian. Since 1912 was an election year, perhaps this was a visit by either sitting president Taft, his main adversary Teddy Roosevelt, or the eventual winner, Woodrow Wilson.

  4. I see the flag in the photo has 48 stars and the year is supposed to be 1905. The 46th state was admitted in 1907, and the 47th and 48th states were admitted in 1912. Shouldn’t this photo be dated 1912 or later?

  5. Here’s the street view A lot of umbrellas in that picture. Also, no one mentioned that The Postal Building (partly visible on the top left corner) is still standing. Do we have images from across the street to see what building this picture was taken from? We could probably even figure out what window it was in.

  6. Dave,

    This intersection is a popular feature at VP. This picture shows the intersection 1 year earlier (plus or minus 9 years or so :-)).

    Take a step back, and you have this higher view of the intersection dated a couple of years before this post here:

    I’m guessing this photo was taken from the two story building on the left at the first intersection.

  7. Here’s more things I see in the picture: Look close in the first floor transom window of the Pantheon building. There is another flag wherein the row of stars is staggered. Now look at and see what flag was in use in 1905. Imagine that the star field was reversed and the Pantheon could easily be displaying this flag. Perhaps this is an early #Occupy Portland event to promote the remainder of the contiguous territories to statehood?

    Note that there would be a flag in between these two examples when OK was okayed in aught-eight. Also of note is that most folks seem to be wearing coats and there are a fair share of umbrellas. Perhaps this is a Fourth of July parade? That’s when new flags tended to become official. Heaven forbid you entered statehood on July 5th. You’d have to wait 364 days for your star to be official.

  8. That still doesn’t explain the flag in the Pantheon building window unless this is the Fourth of July parade for 1912 where the new flag was revealed.

  9. Thanks, Jim! I forgot all about that picture.

    So the picture above must have been taken from the 2nd story of the J.K. Gill building. I’m guessing the horizontal bar in the picture is part of the window and the photographer isn’t like the crazy people on the other side of the street who are sitting on the outside of the building on the second ledge. The sign Henry The Forth, Cuban cigar sign has a portrate that looks like this I notice the X-Radium sign isn’t there anymore but the text in the window says something about disease and “medical”(?) so they may be related. The sign on The Postal Building (above the cigar sign) has also changed. It says “egraph co.” (Telegraph Co.?), “al cable co” (“Postal Cable Co.?) and the bottom is too hard to make out. There is an “enge” so I assume it would be “messenger co.” but the letter in front of the “E” looks more like a “G” than an “S” and the letter before that seems to be a “U”. I can’t think of a word with “ugene” in it unless it woud be Eugene but there seems to be other letters after the final “E”.

  10. @Brian: “Also of note is that most folks seem to be wearing coats and there are a fair share of umbrellas. Perhaps this is a Fourth of July parade?”

    Only in Portland does the quoted evidence support the quoted conclusion. Thanks for the ruefull chuckle.

  11. A note on official US flags. New flags do become official on the first July 4 after a state is admitted. However, old flags never become “unofficial.” So you may continue to fly old flags with lower number of stars, and it will still be legal and official. So if you have a flag and don’t want to pay for a whole new one to fly it in front of your store just once a year on July 4, you can still fly the old one.

    This is also how the city of Baltimore can officially fly the 1814 version of the flag at all city buildings.

  12. The Army uniforms look exactly like the ones that they wore during the occupation of Veracruz in 1914. Perhaps these are Oregon soldiers returning from the Mexican expeditions against Pancho Villa? (just thinking out of the box here)

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