Portland Community College Cascade Campus, circa 1969

Here we have an excellent aerial of what is now Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus located on N Killingsworth Street. The school began as a small Christian College which transferred its holdings to the entity that created PCC. The campus has transformed and expanded over the years since this photograph was taken, circa 1969. In the lower left corner you can see the Jefferson High School football field, and to the right of the field, the Multnomah County Library North Portland branch. In the upper left of the image you can see Ockley Green School and the defunct streetcar barns near N Jessup. In the upper right you can see the Peninsula Park Rose Garden.


Aerial view of Cascade Campus, circa 1969 : A2010-002.205

Aerial view of Cascade Campus, circa 1969 : A2010-002.205


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14 thoughts on “Portland Community College Cascade Campus, circa 1969

  1. The house I grew up in is in this picture. Or at least the roofline is. This was taken about a year before my parents would own it.

  2. Adam Coddington, thanks for sharing your research with us. In your update you wrote that one of the car barns was replaced in 1960 by an Albertson’s, and that the building was still standing. I am assuming this would be the building that now houses PCC’s emergency services department and would be just out of view on the left edge of the photo. I took an EMT course there several years ago. Thanks again for the info!

  3. A slight correction to Adam’s recollection. The store was originally a Tradewell. Just out of the photo in the lower right stood The Little Chapel of The Chimes, a funeral parlor, which is now McMenamins home office and a pub as well. In the next block east was a fast food drive-in called The Bun&Burger that
    us students at Jeff called The Gag&Vomit.

  4. I attended classes at both Cascade and Sylvania in 1969-70. Parking at Sylvania was unpaved, dirt with a little gravel mixed in. At Cascade you didn’t have to hike through the mud to get to your classes but you weren’t sure your car was going to be in one piece when you came back to it. I was driving a 63 Rambler 4dr that was broken into or vandalized 3 times at Cascade that year. Never had another class there again.

  5. Adam, thanks for your research on the Piedmont Barn, but it had only one guage track, 42″. Most of the companies SE lines were standard guage 4′ 8 1/2″ and used Sellwood and Holgate barns. 3′ is common narrow guage but for some reason was not used in Portland.

  6. I was probably working there when the photo was taken. I worked for PCC’s Adult Education program. We also had offices at the Failing school building that PCC owned. Have a lot of good memories of that period of my life. I was riding the bus to Cascade for work when I saw the headlines on the Oregonian re: Kent State and the students being gunned down..

  7. @ian — Exactly, but, just to be clear — the streetcar barns spanned two blocks; the northern of the two is the one visible in this photo. The southern block was replaced by a grocery store that was later (in 2003 – http://www.portlandmaps.com/detail.cfm?action=Permits&folder=2327141&&propertyid=R301339&state_id=1N1E15CD%20%2015500&address_id=576246&intersection_id=&dynamic_point=0&place=909%20N%20KILLINGSWORTH%20ST&city=PORTLAND&neighborhood=HUMBOLDT&seg_id=133292&x=7644738.168&y=699006.746 ) renovated by PCC to convert it into the building it is today, and the northern block by the housing development currently located there.

    @kenn — Yeah, that sounds totally reasonable; I think that what I originally thought might be dual-gauge rail was more likely one of two rail “paths” (or whatever you call them) that were slightly overlapping.

    @Larry — If the southern block was a Tradewell prior to becoming an Albertson’s, it was very short-lived and demolished by 1961; if you check out The Oregonian’s December 21st, 1960 edition on p. 13 (if you have a library card, you can access it via ‘The Historical Oregonian’ — https://multcolib.org/resource/historical-oregonian-1861-1987 — from the library’s website) you’ll see an article detailing Albertson’s acquisition of the Killingsworth Streetcar Barns for the construction of a new store.

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