Industrial Map of Portland, 1924

This beautiful 1924 map features Portland’s industrial infrastructure, including harbor, dock and rail systems. Streets, parks, rivers and some handwritten notations add to the features that make this map a real treasure.

PARC - Industrial Map of Portland 1924 5k(City of Portland Archives)

27 thoughts on “Industrial Map of Portland, 1924

  1. Excellent streetcar map, too.

    I notice this shows Ramsey Lake, whatever that was, but Bybee and Smith Lakes appear to be filled in. But the opposite situation seems to hold on the 1919 North Portland Map. That one was more of a sketch so we shouldn’t expect painstaking accuracy, however. On the 1946 Pittmon Map of Portland the twin lakes have reappeared, of course, as it was the infill bordering Smith Lake that was breached in the Vanport flood.

    Some other 19th century bird’s eye view or map I’ve seen recently (it doesn’t appear in the Map category however) showed the banks of the Willamette and south bank of the Columbia just chock-a-block with lakes. Would be nice to have a map with all of these paleolakes on it.

  2. KLR, I don’t think the map actually shows those lakes filled in. On top of the map is a note about harbor lines and natural water lines and along the river you can see in a few places the actual waterline is well inland from the harbor line and not shown in blue (see NW industrial area and Ross Island for examples). I suspect that only water beyond a certain average depth is shown in blue and the low lying areas north of the Columbia Slough were probably too shallow on to be shown. You can see waterlines in that area encircling what looks like the words “Average” and something I can’t make out, but I’d guess it has to do with average depth or waterlines.

    Also, looking at those waterlines I think they’re in reasonable agreement with the 1919 map. You can see that the waterline of where Smith Lake would be surrounds the little peninsula shown on the 1919 map (on that map you can see it just south of Monarch Lumber Co. — it starts where the”A” is in the word “Industrial” on the 1919 map).

  3. Wow, the PepCo Vancouver Line had it’s own bridge to Hayden Island?

    And if I’m not mistaken, what is now the Denver Ave. viaduct approach to the Interstate Bridge is labeled “Derby St approach”.

    Interstate doesn’t go through at either end yet, and Kenton park doesn’t yet exist.

    I’d love to see a higher-resolution version of this as it shows my neighborhood!

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. For those who are interested and haven’t seen this before, on the map you can see where the Mount Tabor streetcar line transitions from Morrison to Belmont between 26th and 28th by cutting through a couple blocks. Today you can still see the rails crossing 26th at the corner of Lone Fir Cemetery and running right into the front of the house that is in the old right-of-way.

  5. @ KLR, Brian, Recommend The Atlas of Oregon second edition, Wm Loy,University of Oregon press 2001 as a reference to these paleolandforms.A masterpiece of cartography at least.

  6. Speaking of 28th and Belmont, and this is slightly off topic, but does anyone know anything about the huge house that used to be between 28th and 29th north of Belmont? I saw it on a 1908 property map, situated just north of where Morrison would have crossed the block. At that time, it was on a long uninterrupted block that stretched all the way to Washington. Even today, Morrison does not go through and Alder is little more than an alley, despite what maps may try to tell you (including the one above).

    And Brian, you are right. That same 1908 map shows that corner slightly chopped off just as it is today for the streetcar right of way. I had never noticed that before!

  7. Brian – that makes sense, after all they show Ross Island as a solid landmass too. I wonder why whoever had their hands on this map had to pencil in explanations of what the water lines meant, though. Who were they elucidating things for? And why was Ramsey Lake shown as a solid body of water? Maybe they weren’t planning on filling it in – the opposite of what transpired.

    I’ve a copy of an interesting book, Panoramas of Promise, old maps and bird’s-eye views of PNW towns. On one of Portland and the “Columbia Peninsula” this Ramsey Lake is labeled (I think – hard to make out what’s written) “Willamette Park Lake.”

    Rod, I’ve a copy of the Atlas. In high school I got a big kick out of the first edition, factoids like how the Champoeg District extended all the way to the Rockies. That was one big county!

    Maybe some of the earthquake hazard data has info on filled in lakes and sloughs. There are certainly a lot of them around.

    Also kinda OT but we’re talking about Lone Fir so: this one blogger had a blog about the Stark Street Mile Markers, obelisks showing you how far you were from the Willamette Stone. One of them is on the opposite side of the cemetery from those streetcar tracks. I made a Google Map of them – it was fun spending an evening tracking those little guys down. Some are in really inauspicious spots now, parking lots etc.

  8. Just for fun I followed one of the street car lines out close in SE and found what looks like
    a few feet of exposed track. There is about 6 or 7 feet of smaller gage track in the larger
    track here at SE 24th ave. and Pardee street.

    I know, I know….get a life.

  9. KLR, I think the only parts colored blue are navigable waterways. Ross Island is not really shown as solid, the then existing shorelines are shown, the water is just not blue outside the channel. Ramsay Lake connects to the slough, which at this point was used for shipping, so perhaps the lake was as well to some extent, or could be.

  10. Tad, I was able to download the higher resolution map Dan gave the link to, and at this point what is now Denver Avenue through Kenton was called Derby; it changed to Denver south of Lombard.

  11. I also note that it shows platted streets, but not all streets shown actually exist. The map shows streets going right across Sullivan’s Gulch, and even down the eastside bluff by Ross Island.

  12. KLR there use to be the “one mile marker” next to Miller Paint until a few years ago, when someone appeared to hit it and later the city redid the corner and it disappeared. I don’t recall now, if it was on the corner or on the other side of the light pole. Both areas now seem to have new concrete. On the corner of Pine and Grand.

    The marker on Stark near I-205, was where the light rail tracks are now and it was moved to the garden at Elmers restaurant. I was glad someone saved it.

  13. I think the concrete pylon by Miller paint was actually a post for the old, small mail boxes, where you could deposit a letter, and not much else.

  14. Like KLR, I have been looking for a map of Portland’s water features, similar to the Viele map of New York

    I’ll check out the Atlas of Oregon, but something showing current street grid over old topography would be great… supposedly something like that exists in the archives at U of O, but no-one seems to know exactly what it was called…

  15. KLR, I was just using the Google Map you had made with the mile markers on it, and a just-now-generated Google map of the address of the Flying Pie Pizza place nearby. When I clicked on the one you made, I saw the auto upholstery place and the marker, from the street. When I clicked on the map I just now generated, somehow I ended up inside the Flying Pie, able to make a complete circle and look around the entire inside of the establishment. I could see the open front door, someone on the sidewalk thought window which is closest to the mile marker. I could go from room to room, but I could only look into the room with what looks like video games. I clicked on the street outside the front door and turned left to go see the mile marker. I couldn’t get the street look to take me there–there was a car turning left off Stark–shown in several images like seeing stop-action all in a row. The street view stopped right to the driver’s side of the car. Wild. I didn’t know that you could see inside a business. Did you? Oh, and here’s a link to a photo of took of that mile marker while on an Architectural Heritage Center neighborhood walk through parts of Montavilla –

  16. Have you seen the early drawing map of Portland. It show Asylum Creek and pond? Also Was Sand Island Changed to Tomahawk Island?

  17. I love those mile markers. I can’t believe I have been by the one near Cooper’s Coffee on 62nd a million times and never noticed it. Well acquainted with the ones by the cemetery in the SE 20s and the one in Montavilla…in fact it was the one in the cemetery wall that started me researching what they were.

  18. @admin: I just have to say your blog is the first I’ve come across today that doesn’t
    have typos every other line. Thank you for taking
    the time to construct something that doesn’t look like a 6th grader wrote. Sorry, just had to vent.

  19. I know this is an old entry, but just to add to the info shown, my research shows that “H.D. Freeman” mentioned in red scrawl at the top was the executive director of the housing authority in WW2.

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