NW 2nd Avenue, c1921

An excellent photo looking south on NW 2nd Avenue towards Couch Street. Most of these buildings still exist, and I’d be willing to bet those tracks and Belgian blocks are still under today’s pavement, too.

A2009-009.1857 NW 2nd & Couch 1921(City of Portland Archives)

6 thoughts on “NW 2nd Avenue, c1921

  1. It was a switching lead for freight (notice single overhead wire). In the old days they used both electric and steam switch engines, depending on who owned the tracks or what other railroad was delivering the freight.

  2. I would not mind seeing that Hotel Northern sign recreated on that building today. Also note a portion of the Merchant’s Hotel on the right…

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