Creston Park, 1935

If you couldn’t be in the Creston Park swimming pool on this nice August day in 1935, seeking shade under a tree was an alternative way to stay cool. This view is roughly northeast; Creston School was on the south side of Powell Blvd, at about 47th Avenue.

A2009-009.1231 Creston Park 1935(City of Portland Archives)

6 thoughts on “Creston Park, 1935

  1. This scene is just prior to the major Polio outbreak that would so alter the public’s enjoyment of these facility’s.

  2. Wonder if they locked bikes back then, or if society was just a little more connected and safe?

  3. @aaroninis: The homicide rate for the US in 1935 was 8.3 per 100,000. In 2013 the rate was 4.7 per 100,000. The rate has been under 6 for the last 14 years. It’s a myth that we were safer back then.

    Of course that’s JUST intentional homicide. When you also consider the fact that all violent crimes have been declining for two decades now, we’re even safer. And lastly, let’s not forget that a non-trivial number of those boys in that photo would end up killed or wounded in WWII.

    Anyway you want to look at it, the odds of someone in that photo experiencing traumatic violence in their life is FAR greater than a comparable poolside photo today.

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