NW Hoyt Street, 1917

NW Hoyt Street was paved with Belgian blocks when this 1917 image was taken. You can still find a few streets in the area paved with these natural stones but Hoyt is all asphalt now. A couple of buildings are still with  us in this view to the west looking through the intersection at 11th Avenue.

A2001-008.105 NW Hoyt St between 10th and 11th 1917(City of Portland Archives)

18 thoughts on “NW Hoyt Street, 1917

  1. I’m guessing we’re looking at installation or repair of sewer lines here, but it sure is reminiscent of light rail work.

  2. I remember when N.W. 14th had stone pavement. It was covered with asphalt sometime in the ’50s and, about two weeks later, it was dug up for a sewer project!

    Flood Hits Many Towns and Halts Traffic
    Waterfront Stocks Snatched From Inundation.”

    “Main Gas Main Damaged”
    “The breaking of the old Tanner Creek trunk sewer at Eleventh and Hoyt streets caused considerable damage yesterday to the street and to the main as main connecting the Linton gas plant of the Portland Gas & Coke Company with the Portland distribution system.
    Conditions have become such that an expenditure of about $5000 will be necessary to make the street passable for traffic except in one direction.”
    Morning Oregonian, Starts on page 1 and continues on page 4, 12-20-1917.
    2 huge sewer pipe pictures on 04/22/1917, page 40. The sewer route includes a number of other streets too.

  4. Bailey:
    When you look at Google Maps you’ll see a printer and what is supposed to be a chain icon on the left side near the top. If you click on the chain a window will open up to the side with the URL in it and a check box that says, “Short URL”. Not very many people know about this, I found it by accident.

  5. Ah, so that is a gas pipe. It looks like it would be pressurized and not a gravity sewer pipe.

  6. It is interesting that to this day you can see the faded white paint from the signs on the brick building on the right, both between the 1st and 2nd story windows and above the 2nd story windows.

    Is that blurry thing at the far right a moving streetcar? Maybe not, but it is hard to tell what it is.

  7. Ships arriving in Portland from Europe loaded heavy stones as ballast, which were then often crafted into cobblestones to reinforce the pavement between the trolley tracks.

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