Alberta Line Streetcar, 1944

This 1944 photo shows an Alberta Line streetcar at its terminus at NE 30th Avenue and Ainsworth Street. An article in the June 16, 1940 The Oregonian describes the new retail development on the southwest corner (left) and six-unit bungalow court development on the southeast corner.

A2009-009.4152 Streetcar along Alberta Line 1944(City of Portland Archives)

16 thoughts on “Alberta Line Streetcar, 1944

  1. I know this intersection very well. I grew up half a block to the north (1964-1987). Both of the foreground buildings were gone by the time my parents purchased our home. The building on the southwest had been replaced by the Ainsworth Food Center and the bungalows had given way to a Rexall pharmacy. I don’t recall any visible traces of the streetcar tracks in the streets by then.

  2. this is gorgeous. it took me a few minutes of looking at the photo to discover it’s a view to the north. I spent a lot of time commuting through here on my bike!

  3. The bungalow building on the southeast corner is still there, but it has an addition on the north side facing Ainsworth and a remodeled ground-level wall along 30th. However the upper floor windows, siding and roofline are identical to the one on the photo.

  4. Actually, looking at it again I think there were two identical (well, probably mirror image L-shaped) bungalows next to each other on 30th. The northern most is the one in the photo above and it has indeed been demolished. It’s twin is still attached to the south end of the retail space that was built to replace it. Sorry for my confusion!

  5. I’d guess that the western portion was moved south to make way for the addition. I’ve uploaded the (poor quality) photo from The Oregonian showing that both buildings appear to line up along Ainsworth at the time they were built.

  6. Poking up right above the “Ice Cream” sign, but further back, is the bell tower for the Ainsworth United Church of Christ. I might even hazard a guess that the 1940’s brick storefront with gabled dormers was purposefully designed to echo the church architecture across the street. (Not like the utiliarian no-character building found there now…)

    As a matter of fact, the SE bunglaow complex might echo the architecture on the NE corner as well. Hey! Propserity follows the streetcar! (enter your arguments below…)

  7. I use to catch and ride the Alberta streetcar at the corner of Alberta and Union Ave. and ride it down to the Steel Bridge in the 1940’s.

  8. Grew up on 32nd and Ainsworth in the late 60’s early 70’s. Ainsworth food market was known as “Harker’s”.. It also burned down in late 50’s I believe.

  9. There are other pictures of the streetcar at this corner, but I have no idea how to attach them as can be done with an email.

  10. I’ve delivered mail on this route before, very cool to see the building on the Northeast corner still looks very similar today!

  11. How I loved those trams/streetcars. Where I live now (Paisley, Scotland) they also did away with them, and many people regret that.

  12. We lived in the first house to the east of the apartments from 1980-1990. One of the tenants of the apartments had lived there since the 1940’s

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