North Portland, 1962 – Help Us Out!

This image from the City of Portland land use files shows us a house being moved in North Portland. My guess this was part of the effort to build I-5 (Minnesota Freeway). Can anyone pinpoint this location? It’s possible some of the houses on both sides of the street still stand. Really sharp readers will be able to tell us where the moved house finally settled.

Found: N. Vancouver Ave. & Dekum St.

(City of Portland Archives)

15 thoughts on “North Portland, 1962 – Help Us Out!

  1. N. Vancouver and Dekum – the concrete wall is the playground of Holy Redeemer school. I walked that street on my way to school every day as a child. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  2. Yes, it’s looking north on N. Vancouver. The apartments to the left have changed little, aside from their color.

  3. yes, dekum and vancouver…and the four plex on the left, and the other four plexes on the block, were reportedly moved there from Vanport after the flood.

  4. I think this is a northbound view of Vancouver Ave. with the intersection of N Dekum on the left where the boom truck is parked. I think the fence on the right is around the playground at Holy Redeemer School.

  5. I’ve spent the last 30 minutes looking at google maps for its current location. I’ve found a few that match up but not completely. I’m pretty sure we’re looking at the back of the house in the picture above so not much to go on. The best matches so far are on Haight, just north of Bryant, but the chimneys are wrong.

  6. Interesting to note the center line is still white in the 60’s. Anyone know when Oregon changed to yellow center lines? I see from Wiki that the MUTCD mandated a yellow standard in 1971 but apparently only after “decades of debate” and several states already using yellow. Also, I don’t think you see a single solid center line much anymore, do you? Usually either dashed, solid-dashed or double solid now. I think I read somewhere that California started using dashed lines during WWII to save paint and other states generally followed by the 1950’s. Anyway, pardon my indulging of my interest in trivial road marking / sign history. 🙂

  7. Given the condition of the photo it could be yellow… but the single stripe certainly hasn’t been used around here in a long time.

    Re: white vs. yellow- I nearly turned into the wrong-way lane in europe a couple times because I’m so used to a white centerline meaning one-way. 🙂

    My friends parents live in a nice Craftsman in Kenton that was purportedly moved to its current location to save it from I-5 construction.

  8. One thing I’ve noted from various recent pictures: how few power lines there are compared to back then. 🙂

  9. Okay, during the construction of Fremont place, they moved some of the houses from that block to the neighborhoods on and near the last couple of blocks of N Chautauqua Blvd. My house was one of them, as was my neighbors house. I do not recognize the house in this photo but I would greatly appreciate any more photos like this. Or pictures of the 14th-15th and Fremont area during or before the moving of these houses.

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