Union Station, 1932

This view of Union Station was taken from NW 6th Avenue looking north. There are multiple hotels visible in this image, including Hotel Barr, Hotel Rainer, and Hotel Hoyt.


6th Avenue route to Union Station, Jan. 4, 1932: A2004-001.624

6th Avenue route to Union Station, Jan. 4, 1932: A2004-001.624


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11 thoughts on “Union Station, 1932

  1. When Harvey Dick bought the Hoyt Hotel, he turned it into something the likes of which Portland had not seen before. If I’m correct, it looks like the one story structure adjacent to the Hoyt Hotel was later converted into a parking garage for the hotel. When Harvey Dick bought it, he converted it into the Roaring Twenties nightclub, hosted by the flamboyant and outspoken Gracie Hansen.

    Darcelle and Roxy worked for Gracie Hansen and according to Darcelle’s biography “Call Me Darcelle”, that was where he first began doing drag.

    It’s a shame the hotel and Harvey Dick’s creations are now gone. It must have been quite an experience.

  2. @novicehistorybuff that is one of the coolest interactive maps i’ve seen. Check out the other “road to the Sandy River” that starts southeast of ladd addition and makes its way north east runs right by what is now Laurelhurst park and through Laurelhurst.

  3. In 1900 my great grand uncle was helping partner Charles Broock to run a saloon on the ground floor of the old Barr Hotel (facing N. Glisan), built in 1892 by Oregon pioneer, shoe salesman, and hotel proprietor Samuel M. Barr. The hotel and much of surrounding real estate burned mostly to the ground in 1908 and was replaced by a new hotel of the same name, the one pictured here in foreground with entrance now facing NW 6th. Rates at the Barr were around $1 per night for transit travelers as of ca. 1900-1910.

  4. Ah, yes…the Barbary Coast Lounge and The Roaring 20’s Room…and dear Gracie…and that ostentatious gold Buick convertible she used to ride around in…especially in the Merrykhana Parade! (That ol’ black Rolls wasn’t too bad either!)

    I remember when Gracie ran for mayor…and then for governor…”The Best Politician Money Can Buy!”

    Funny…the facade of the Barbary Coast always reminded me of an adult version of Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor…up on NW 21st!


  5. The Union Station…what a beautiful old building…and it’s still standing! I often wonder what people thought, way back in the mid 1890’s, when it first opened…such a grand old lady of Portland! (At least they respected her when it came time to renovate back in the late 90’s!)

    Many happy memories are connected to that station…comings and goings of family and friends…picking up and sending luggage and packages…and even just running inside to take a look at the place! It always makes me smile! I remember when they relocated the “downtown” bus station…but I always wished the architects would have taken a bit more time and designed the new one to compliment the train station…or to at least “look” like it belonged to the overall atmosphere of “Old Town”. I know…I know…it’s been “updated” since it was first built, but, call me old fashioned if you will…I just wish it had a bit more “traditional” style, given its location. Not that the one on SW Taylor was anything to raise a glass to, but still…


  6. Jim, actually Walter Cole/Darcelle never worked for Gracie; Roxy Neuhardt Walter’s partner came up from Las Vegas with choreographer Rene DeHaven after Gordon Malforest left to go to New York. It is true there were Drag Balls held at the Hoyt and Walter at the time, was persuaded by Roxy to go to one of them. Sorry, I’ve written a book on the Hoyt and now work on one about Walter/Darcelle. Don

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