Multnomah Stadium, circa 1940

This aerial view shows the Multnomah Athletic Club and Multnomah Stadium as well as some of the surrounding area, circa 1940. On the right you can see SW 18th Avenue, while SW Salmon Street runs in front of the athletic club.


002.6793   Aerial View of Multnomah Stadium and the Multnomah Athletic Club

Aerial view of Multnomah Stadium and the Multnomah Athletic Club, circa 1940: A2004-002.6793


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6 thoughts on “Multnomah Stadium, circa 1940

  1. Ahhh yes…and the old “MAC” Club…I remember when they tore down that beautiful structure, back in the early 70’s…I lived in an apartment complex up on 20th…watched the whole process…how sad to see what they replaced that grand old building with…I know…I know…progress…but it lacks the charm that the old one had and it’s nothing but a big brick block with a half-round cylinder roof that looks like it took all of ten minutes to design. At least some of the surrounding trees have grown to help to soften up the building!

    Sorry…I just miss the concept of what architectural design used to really mean and involve…my problem…I know…I’ll live with it…but I do love seeing the “Vintage Portland” photos…that’s why I visit this site so often… 🙂

  2. This is Nahum Amos King being interviewed by Fred Lockley, talking about his father, Amos King , who had a tannery here in the early days: “He had a machine that looked like a cider mill, in which he ground up hemlock bark. He built wooden tanks large enough to hold a steer’s hide when spread out. He had enough vats to cover an acre of ground. In those days you had to have a good many vats because the hides, to be properly tanned, had to stay in the ooze from the hemlock bark from six months to a year. Nowadays, by chemical and mechanical processes, they tan a hide in twenty-four hours. If you will dig down in the football field of the Multnomah Club, you will find those old tanks as good as ever. When they filled in that place to make a football field, they didn’t bother to take the tanning vats away. They just hauled in the earth and buried them.”

  3. The walk northbound along SW 19Th between Main and Salmon, must have been beautiful. A tree lined street with towering homes on both sides, looking straight ahead at the entrance to the old MAC club. Bottom center left- It would be neat to find old pictures of extinct streets.

  4. The track that can be seen in the photo isn’t an athletic track — well, not a human one in any event. It’s the old dog racing track for the Multnomah Kennel Club which used the stadium for dog races between 1933 and 1955.

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