Union Station, 1913

This is a great image of the exterior of Union Station from an atypical vantage point looking towards NW Broadway. To the left you can see the Depot Bar and in the center of the photograph, the Hotel Carlton shuttle. This image comes from a glass negative.

Union Station exterior looking west, Oct. 10, 1913 :  A2009-009.76

Union Station exterior looking west, Oct. 10, 1913 : A2009-009.76


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20 thoughts on “Union Station, 1913

  1. Engine trouble? What a great shot. The details on the vehicle are amazing. They don’t make them like that anymore. The Restaurant window sign looks like it may have been quite the challenge!

  2. I wonder how many traveling salesmen missed their train after a few drinks, while waiting at that bar. “Egadshhh! I mished zzha treen again! My bosh ish gonna shack me!”(hiccup).

  3. Only the commercial traveler who has experienced years of Hotel/Motel shuttles can really appreciate this tableau. I would need reams to explain it but I can tell you this really sums up life on the road. What a hoot,—- ironic —- but a hoot. In any era.

  4. Omar cigarettes: “The Joy of Life!” Ummm…well….not really. And notice the two men blurred by the exposure. I love how that comes up in these vintage shots. So mystical!

  5. The African-Amercian traveler probably regretted coming to Portland in 1913 and was ready to return to wherever he came from. Hotels would not allow “colored” clientele. There was a hotel for people of color, but the name escapes me. There are several stories to be told from this image.

  6. “bottled goods bottled in bond”? Some kind of pre-prohibition booze code like “off-sales” or “packaged goods”?

  7. Greg – I agree that it looks like a dusting of snow on the street, complete with tire tracks. Odd there doesn’t appear to be any on the roof, though.

    Jane – You think the blurry men are mystical, note the ghostly leg coming out from the hedge on the far right of the photo.

  8. Having worked in the building 15 years ago, I was looking at the front in relation to what is there today, and it looks like there was quite a bid of remodeling to the entrances done sometime. Following the curved wall to the right leads you to the two door entrance of today, but in the photo juts forward to an enclosed wall area that doesn’t exist now. There is also an ivy covered wall and shadow that doesn’t exist now. The details (wrought iron) of the entry cover appear original today, so considerable care was done to keep it original. Are there any photos of the changes of this building that can explain the differences?

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