SE Belmont, 1941

This image was taken after the widening of SE Belmont Ave was completed. We are looking east on SE Belmont St. near SE 8th Ave. In this image you can see signs for East Side Food Center/Grand Central Public Market, Dolan Wrecking Co., and Richfield on the far right side of the street.


SE Belmont and 8th Ave, Feb. 18, 1940 : A2000-025.1252

SE Belmont and 8th Ave, Feb. 18, 1941 : A2000-025.1252


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14 thoughts on “SE Belmont, 1941

  1. This is the neighborhood my Dad grew up in, he was about 15 at the time. 3 years later he would be in the Army in New Guinea and then the Philippines and wounded in Luzon…….

  2. ha I see that my memory does serve me good sometimes. I did think this was the future sight of Grand Central Bowling alley and after looking at the current view I was correct. I bowled league here in the early 70’s. Also, if my memory is correct, there was an Amato’s Bowling alley up around 12th and Belmont, or in that area.

  3. No street car on Belmont until east of the cemetery where it dropped down from Morrison
    . Safeway was in the near corner of the building until they built across Belmont in 1940.

  4. I recognize the Safeway building on 9th and Belmont, Safeway used that style of building back then, there is one on NW 21st and Lovejoy that Starbucks is in, and one out on east Burnside, and one on Hawthorne.

  5. @Ross Slyter & Kenn: Yes, tracks were along Morrison until SE 26th where they began to transition (off right-of-way) down to Belmont over the next two blocks. The tracks at Morrison and 26th (where they leave the street right-of-way) are still there (Street view here).. The slightly rounded off or cut-back curb on the NE corner of SE 28th and Belmont where the rails re-joined the street right-of-way can also still be seen.

  6. Dennis, there are twelve of the old 1940 model Safeway buildings remaining in Portland. You mentioned one on Hawthorne, there are two, 13th and 30th. They and the 1950 model brick ones still faced the sidewalks, in the 60’s they finally faced the parking lots.

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