SE 39th Ave & Stark, 1949

Monday’s photo at SE 39th and Belmont had so many comments that I thought this companion photo might be as well received. This was taken just a few blocks north, looking south down SE 39th at Stark Street on the same date. Those linemen can be seen rewiring the utility poles in this photo too.

A2000-025.2111 Before widening SE 39th south of Stark 1949(City of Portland Archives)

14 thoughts on “SE 39th Ave & Stark, 1949

  1. Around 30 years ago, I read somewhere there were 35 gas stations between 39th and the river, when I lived down the street from this photo. At that time, there was only one left, around 35th and Hawthorne, on the north side.

  2. I used to live in the house just to the right of the Texaco station. In ’76-’77. The station was an AM/PM or some other gas station/grocery store.

  3. nativepdx, It was not unusual to see 4 gas stations on one corner with a 5th or 6th gas station right next door to one of the 4. The big difference was that they were all service stations. Lube, oil and filters, tune-ups, belts and hoses, brakes, mufflers and shocks. They just needed that Mobil or Chevron sign out front so prospective buyers could see they were a real, respectable business, not just Al’s Garage. Today, in the age a specialty, we have all the Jiffy, Quick and Fast Lube places, Merlin’s and Midas’s, Goodyear and Firestone franchises to fix all the cars and trucks. Gas stations have to sell gas,milk, cigarettes and eggs to turn a profit-and since our cars use less gas, cigarettes are unsafe, eggs the source of salmonella, and a lot of us are now lactose intolerant-there are fewer and fewer gas stations every year.

  4. Actually, Adam, both the apartment building on the east side of the street as well as the commercial building just past the gas station on the right are still standing, as can be seen from this Street View vantage point.

    The remains of the Texaco (or at least a Texaco) appear to still exist as well. It is kind of hard to tell at first glance, but this white building looks to have been a gas station at one time. the original entrance is on the left, and the 2 garage doors have been replaced with the vertical windows.

  5. The brick apartment building opposite Washington St. seems to have survived.

    I wonder if they moved the Laurelhurst arches?

  6. I think the houses past the Texaco on the same side are still there. There is a 1-1/2 story bungalow on the corner across Alder and some 2-stories south of it.

    I lived in the 1st 2-story, mid-1970s. (I can see where I lived. Woo.)

  7. I have to correct myself. I lived next to the Associated Gas on 39th & Stark. It was replaced by what is now the Shell gas station/grocery. The house is still there. It’s now yellow. It was green when I lived there. It was a great place. I’m glad to see it still standing.

  8. By the tag you see the photo was taken the same day as the 39th & Belmont photo. I would bet those are the same 3 lineman up on the power poles as well

  9. I love the tiny sign at the top left for the Dog House Tavern. Any photos of that kicking around?

  10. There is a “bump” stop sign in the middle of the street, there was a question about these in an earlier post. It is even with a stop sign on the corner and has “ST (reflector) OP” on the facing side.

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