14 thoughts on “Cityscape, circa 1895

  1. “Portland Oregon, Mt. Adams in the distance 12, 401 ft.” – No. 3 of Herbert A. Hale’s “Columbia River, Mt. Hood and Northwest Views” series. Hale’s studio was at 132 1/2 Third Street, on the east side of the street between Washington and Alder.

  2. Look at all the pilings underneath the roadways and buildings in the east side. They didn’t really start to fill in the so-called low lands that made up much of the central eastside until after 1900. A newspaper story from 1909 claimed that the average fill in that area was over 29′ deep. In Sullivan’s Gulch they had to drive pilings down something like 200′ and still did not hit completely solid ground.

  3. The first Morrison Street Bridge was completed in 1887…it was the wooden truss swing-span that you see in the photo…great photo!

    The second Morrison Street Bridge was completed in 1906 and was also one of those swing-span designs.

    The third Morrison Bridge was completed in 1958…it’s what they call/called a double-leaf “Chicago style” bascule style…most commonly known as a “draw-bridge”…but everybody knows that…I just thought I’d include it, just to be annoying!

    I do remember the “second” Morrison Street Bridge…the way it used to twist open…I always thought it was kinda cool…especially during the Rose Festival season! The “train bridge” opened the same way…right?

    I remember my dad’s reaction to the present Morrison Bridge when it first opened…he HATED driving over it because of the metal/steel decking…he’d be all hunched over steering wheel, holding on for dear life, trying his best not to slip and slide all over the place! I can’t look at the bridge without thinking about that…and him…but it’s a good memory! I learned one of my first swear words because of that bridge…well…the phrase anyway…Son of a B*tch! Ahh…it still makes me laugh!

  4. Over on east side they had “Hawthorne park” located around the 12th and Hawthorne area. It was Complete with a lake where they had labor day picnics People petitioned the city for years to make it a park but it was filled in in the early mid 20’s.

  5. Looking at the middle right, you can see St. Francis’s old spire. But above that on the left, there’s a fairly large institutional looking building that I’ve noticed in other old pictures of the east side. It seems like it would be near E burnside & 28th, almost where the coca-cola plant is. Anyone know what that building was?

  6. Chris:
    The article says, “The Dr. Hawthorne House still stands today and is an amazing intact Victorian home (on SE 12th just South of Belmont).” But the only thing there is an empty lot that’s been empty for a long while. Do you know anything about it?

  7. Is the Hawthorne house the one on 12th about 200′ south of Belmont, on the West side of 12th? The one that will soon have a new neighbor to the south: the exit driveway to one of the parking structures for the Goat Blocks project, which includes a building on the east side of 11th. The driveway will lead to 12th at that point.

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