Portland West Side Auto Camp, 1925

Auto camps were a form of early motel and were popular in the 1910s-1930s. Many camps offered cottages and tent camping facilities for early auto travelers. A 1949 article in The Oregonian describes the inadequate sewage facilities of this camp and gives the address as 6259 SW Capitol Highway, which puts it in Hillsdale, right at Capitol and Sunset Blvd.

(City of Portland Archives)

7 thoughts on “Portland West Side Auto Camp, 1925

  1. My understanding this was also located next to the Slavin homestead as well now the sight of McMennimans off of Sunset. Now one of the more expensive areas to live in Portland.

  2. Had to be travellers. Capitol Hwy. was the alignment of US99W until Barbur was completed in the mid-1930s.

  3. When my family moved to Vermont Hills, near Hillsdale, in 1950, small cabins from this auto camp were still there. They were rented out at very reasonable prices. A relative who came out to see us wanted to rent one of the cabins since they were located right across the street from Piggly Wiggly grocery and the convenience of other nearby shops, a drug store, etc. Also, the old Tualatin Valley bus line to downtown Portland stopped right across the street. She didn’t drive. Turns out she never moved there. Soon the cabins were torn down (very early ’50s) to make way for a new branch of Multnomah Bank. Dad and Mom had an acct, there. Some years later the new Hillsdale Branch library was built a couple of blocks up Sunset. By that time the neighborhood was definitely taking on a more affluent look. But I still remember those humble old cabins from the auto camp.

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