SW 12th Avenue, 1950

These men are removing snow on SW 12th Avenue between Main Street and Jefferson Street on Feb. 2, 1950. Notice Portland’s locally designed Scoopmobile in the background.


Crew by trucks and scoopmobile for snow removal on SW 12th Ave. between Main and Jefferson St., Feb. 2, 1950: A2000-025.2459

Crew by trucks and scoopmobile for snow removal on SW 12th Ave. between Main and Jefferson St., Feb. 2, 1950: A2000-025.2459


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16 thoughts on “SW 12th Avenue, 1950

  1. Brian…Wonderful article…written back in 2010!

    A few things I’ve found in my curious little search this morning:

    1134 S.W 12th Ave. The 1880 Morris Marks house, designed by architect Warren Williams.
    It stands next to a Craftsman duplex at 1142-6 S.W. 12th Ave., listed by the city as being built in 1890.

    This address also seems to pop up a lot:
    1501 SW Harrison St.
    Portland, 97201

    So…I peeked around the internet a bit…and whad’ya know…

    Vintage Portland…January 12, 2012 article, titled “Morris Marks House, 1963:

    “This was the second Italianate home that architect Warren H. Williams designed for shoe merchant Morris Marks. It was built in 1882 on the southwest corner of SW 11th and Clay, diagonally across from The Old Church. It was moved to its present location at 1501 SW Harrison in 1910 and is beautifully restored today. The first Williams-designed Marks home, at 1134 SW 12th, is more well known, primarily because of efforts to relocate and preserve the house in the face of urban development.”

    …and then…I found some other pictures on the 12th St. house:
    1. https://www.flickr.com/photos/47911905@N00/9201766722

    …and then, of course, I got distracted by a number of other articles on the Vintage Portland site…items posted back in 2012 and, as usual, lost my train of thought…and here I sit…two hours later!

    And so…along with Deborah Kool’s post…what’s the situation today…any updates on the efforts to save this wonderful piece of Portland history?

    Thanks! 🙂


  2. Wonderful old French Mansard house in the background, though it looks to have lost the top “Mansard” part of the tower by the time this photograph was taken,

  3. Interesting license plate on that 1940 Ford Deluxe 2 door.
    And in the period of this photo that Scoopmobile was not only locally designed it was also locally manufactured. Boy, those were the days.

  4. With the front chassis and rear chassis connected by a
    swivel yoke which allows steering to take place through
    articulation of the two axles and which provides stability
    over rough terrain by oscillation of the two axles, the
    Scoopmobile Model LD-350 loader has a working capacity
    of 12,500 lb with a bucket from 2 to 8 yd. This machine
    is powered by a Cummins 220-hp Diesel. Final drive is
    planetary to all four wheels. Brakes are 4-wheel, air.
    Weight of the LD-350 is 35,000 lb plus. (Mixermobile
    Manufacturers, Inc., Portland, Oregon)

  5. I was wondering about that license plate also.. Did one of the boys drive over there in a city owned car? Who knows.

  6. ———————————————————
    Employing an articulated design, the Scoopmobile Model
    LD-400 loader has a working capacity of 14,500 lb with
    a roll-over-type bucket from 3 to 10 yd. Steering—which
    is powered hydraulically—is accomplished by swiveling
    the front chassis. This design also permits oscillation of
    the two axles when traveling over uneven terrain. Powered
    by a Cummins 250-hp Diesel, the LD-400 also has a
    torque converter and 3-speed power-shift transmission,
    and 4-wheel drive via planetary gearing. Brakes are
    4-wheel, powered by air. Weight of the LD-400 is 40,000
    lb plus. (Mixermobile Manufacturers, Inc., Portland, Oregon)
    Found and seen here:

  7. Mr. Marks had a fire at his store in 1894 at which time he became hysterical and scared some bystanders. One of the fire vehicles got a wheel caught in a trolley track on the way to the fire and overturned. He had a fire sale in Jan. ’95 and eventually moved to San Fransisco where he passed in ’23.

  8. Speaking of…the Italianate home just behind the “Covey’s” sign, looks very similar to the second Morris Marks house on Harrison.

  9. House is still there, still boarded up and so far still awaiting someone to rescue it. The owner has been immensely patient, as this is a goldmine of a property, and this house is becoming harder and harder to save the longer it sits. On the top of my list of “things I would do if I won the lottery.” (Which I don’t even play)

  10. @Brian. Not to quibble but this is a earlier and more primitive design featuring a rigid frame. a “gas pot” engine and cable operation of the scoop. The tricycle steering is accomplished by means of a roller chain and the brakes are likely cable operated although possibly hydraulic (optional) if the city (purchase order) specified. In working order it weighs about the same as the dump truck it is loading, about 15,000 lbs. That towing chain draped over the rear end has nothing to do with the operation, The buyer could choose from a number of engines manufacturers including but not limited to Chrysler,Hall Scott,Continental.Buda and International or buyer will furnish and install, maybe something reclaimed even.

  11. @Deborah @Jim I walk by the old Morris Marks house almost every day. It’s still standing at 1134 SW 12th Ave, but it’s declining rapidly. I’ve been trying to find an organization that is actively working to save the house, but it looks like efforts to save the house died out around 2012 if not earlier.

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