Union Avenue, circa 1931

This photograph provides an exterior view of Curtis Garage, circa 1931. Railroad ties were used to support the building as the service station was cut back to accommodate the widening of Union Avenue. The current address of this location is 1601 NE Martin Luther King Blvd.


Exterior view of Curtis Garage  1601 NE Martin Luther King Ave., circa 1931: A2008-001.48

Exterior view of Curtis Garage 1601 NE Martin Luther King Ave., circa 1931: A2008-001.48


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9 thoughts on “Union Avenue, circa 1931

  1. Let’s see… veteran foreman, younger journeymen, construction supervisor, land owner….you can tell the players by the cut of their clothes

  2. Mike I was thinking the exact same thing. Foreman with the hat etc. Looks like the guy on the left’s fly is partially open.

  3. Those are not “railroad ties”. Rather they are cribbing. They are a byproduct of the many large log sawmills of that era in the area. They result from the cutting off to spec’s of beams and are sold as cribbing. Cheap and plentiful. They may resemble ties to be fair but they are untreated and random dimensions. Many of these pieces survive even today treasured by house movers and heavy haulers. You can’t get them so easily today.

  4. Tom Jones…

    You just HAD to mention that game, didn’t you! For shame! I just spent the last 15 minutes looking for the darn game over the internet!

    Well…I found ’em…for anyone out there who’s interested…and no, I’m selling or promoting them…I just figured since I went to all the trouble, I may as well share the info with anyone who, as I said, might be interested!


    Jenga makes them…so does Greenbrier Int’l. , Uber Games: Giant Tumbling Tower (large outdoor version) , Jaques of London and Cardinal…a rainbow version…just to name a few!

    Enjoy the info! 🙂


  5. Looking at the current Street View attached, you can see evidence that the MLK façade has been moved back, in the uneven column spacing on the Wiedler façade. The second story must have been added later, with the window pattern matching that below. In the vintage photo, it looks like they’re sliding that 100′ long “header” back to line up with the new poured concrete column they’ve built (hiding under the form boards at left.)

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