South Portland and Waterfront, 1938

An exceptionally clear image of the area between Duniway Park and the Ross Island Bridge in South Portland in 1938. The 4th Avenue (Barbur Blvd.) extension was complete but Harbor Drive (and I-5) were still in the future.

A2010-001.91   Aerial view of SW waterfront 1938(City of Portland Archives)

Broadway Bridge Ramp, c1947

Officials of some sort stand on the west end of the Broadway Bridge ramp around 1947. The St. Johns trolley bus is probably continuing south on Broadway; turning right would take it down the Lovejoy ramp.

A2005-001.67 Broadway Bridge Ramp west end bridge 1947(City of Portland Archives)

W Burnside & 19th, 1938

Traffic is heavy where W. Burnside meets SW 18th and 19th Avenues and Alder Street in this 1938 photo. Hard to tell what traffic control system they had in place at that time but it looks like all directions are on the move, including pedestrians. Part of Portland Firefighters Park can be seen on the left.

A2005-001.138 W Burnside and SW 19th northwest 1938(City of Portland Archives)

RL Glisan’s Building, 1914

R.L. Glisan’s Building, constructed in 1914 on the northeast corner of NW 5th and Couch, was probably a handsome building in its day. It’s not known when it was demolished but that corner could use a little its charm today.

glisan building 2-1-1914

(The Oregonian. Retrieved from

Washington Park Aerial, 1939

There are some nice details to be found in this 1939 aerial looking down on Washington Park. The Rose Garden and reservoirs are evident in center. Canyon Road snakes down to Goose Hollow under the Vista Avenue Viaduct on the left. It appears the old Portland Railway, Light & Power Company’s building was still on the southwest corner of 23rd and Burnside. Enjoy!

A2001-045.438  Aerial of Washington Park 1939(City of Portland Archives)

Street Demonstration, SW 4th & Oak, 1932

From the police historical “Red Squad” archives is this 1932 image of anti-war protesters purportedly outside the Japanese consulate on SW 4th Avenue. The view is to the north and the first cross street is SW Oak.

A2001-074.92 Anti-war march-Japanese Consulate SW 4th Ave 1932(City of Portland Archives)