SE Powell & 39th, 1937

You had your choice of Texaco or Standard gas if you were motoring east on SE Powell at 39th Avenue in 1937. And that’s just on the south side of Powell. Previous views of this corner have shown that all four corners held gas stations at that time.

A2005-001.518  SE Powell Blvd and 39th Ave looking east on Powell Blvd 1937(City of Portland Archives)

16 thoughts on “SE Powell & 39th, 1937

  1. I suppose at that point, if you were going out much farther than 39th and Powell, you were kind of “out for a long haul,” and you’d probably need a good fill-up before going further.

    This intersection is one of the worst intersections in the central city nowadays, in my opinion. Used to live right on the NW corner, behind the hearing aid shop and the payday loans place.

  2. True, that one is pretty bad as well. I suppose basically anywhere Powell crosses another major street is kind of awful.

  3. I’m gonna guess that’s a hand truck in the back of that truck. That would be the handles sticking up in the air.

  4. Amazing how rural this intersection looked in 1937. Especially when even then it was probably no more than 8 or 9 miles to City Center.

  5. you all should have been around before the 17th ave underpass,especially when they were picking up/dropping off railcars in the industrial area in back of division. traffic would back up for miles, at least twice a day

  6. I think the “bump” is a reflector with little cat’s eye glass beads. There is one still at about S.E. 63rd and Stark at the ramp up to Scott Dr.

  7. I believe the original name of powell was powells valley road. At least it was called that in Gresham.

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