W Burnside Street, 1917

W Burnside Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, October 4, 1917. The old Burnside Bridge is visible in the background.


W Burnside between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave., Oct. 4, 1917: A2008-004.44

W Burnside between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave., Oct. 4, 1917: A2008-004.44


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11 thoughts on “W Burnside Street, 1917

  1. Look at the piled full-dimensioned old growth lumber, and that 2-person hand saw blade laying in the foreground. Yowch!

  2. @Kenn: The original picture (from 1917) shows the original bridge. The current Street View image (from April 2014) shows the current bridge. What part of that wasn’t clear? Sheesh!

  3. Does anyone know if the new Burnside Bridge was built with the old one still in place? Was the old one removed first, or is the new one alongside the old one’s alignment? Or how did they handle that?

  4. As mentioned…the current Burnside Bridge opened back in 1926…streetcars crossed the bridge until 1950 and the electric trolley-busses that served the Sandy Blvd. route used the bridge from 1936 to 1958. I remember those trolley-busses…they seemed so big back then! (The first “electric railway” began running across The Steel Bridge in 1899.)

    Now, as far as the “trolley access tunnel” question…remember, that’s not to be confused with the “Shanghai Tunnels”! 🙂

    Here are couple of fun sites…lots of info on the whole Portland “streetcar system”…with some fun photos too!



    Jim Kahn

  5. The “tunnel” entrance was on the SW corner of Burnside and 2nd I believe. You would enter there and come out in the middle (merdian) of Burnside. There was the same kind of tunnel at the East end of the Broadway bridge. The only one of its kind that I know of passes under the intersection of SW Naito and Arthur. It’s a great place to take “urban” pics, just take a few friends with you. 🙂

  6. Carter,
    Since both bridges exit directly onto Burnside, it’s a relatively safe bet that the old bridge was demolished prior to the new one being built. The new bridge was a necessity as the old one had long become so rickety, it was only safe for pedestrians and horses. I know for certain that the streetcars and automobiles had been discontinued on the bridge and it’s likely that the remaining wagons still in use were also banned.

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