SE Stark Street, 1959

Oregon is home to many archives, most rich with collections documenting Oregon’s history. In order to highlight some of these collections containing Portland-area images, Vintage Portland has invited photo submissions from other archives within the region. Today’s photo and text is provided by the Multnomah County Archives.

This picture was taken in 1959 as part of the County Road Department’s project documentation activities. The Silver Spur was located at 9409 SE Stark Street, which is currently at the off ramp for southbound Interstate 205.


The Silver Spur on SE Stark Street, 1959: Multnomah County Archives

The Silver Spur on SE Stark Street, 1959: Multnomah County Archives


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9 thoughts on “SE Stark Street, 1959

  1. Ahhh yes…The Silver Spur…one of those classic BBQ joints…and by the time you got back home, your “to-go” order was gone…vanished…!
    (Sometimes I wonder why we didn’t just eat it there!)


    Does anyone know why the bank, (M-Bank), on the corner of 94th & Stark, has that funny little curve in its design? (That would be the East side of the building.)

    While it may have gone through a little remodeling lately, the building itself looks much older than 20 years.

    Just curious.

  2. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos! I’m visiting later in the week to do some family history research, so these help give me an idea of how things were. Speaking of which, I’m looking for a resource for former street numberings in the Concordia and Arbor [Park?] areas. Do you know of one? Thanks!

  3. The Central Library at 801 SW Tenth — Downtown –has a reference book which gives this information — as well as a full collection of Portland City Directions. (However depending on the time period — Portland east of 82nd may be difficult to locate in City Directories.)

  4. @Jim I think the M-Bank curve was just architectural design and has nothing to do with taxlots or right of ways. I could be wrong. I watched it get erected however long ago.

    @Christine How old? If prior to 1933 then try this formula for a rough estimate: For streets (not avenues) west of Interstate Ave, take the current address, subtract 1500 and divide by 5. Interstate was the previous meridian and there were about 20 numbers per block, not 100.

    For streets east of Williams, take the current address, add 1500 and divide by 5.

    Between Interstate and Williams, you can extrapolate. Or count down from Williams to Interstate.

    For avenues you can simply divide by 5. Depending on how old the address is, Stark or Ankeny could have been the baseline. For north of Ankeny, take the current address, add 100 and divide by 5; for Stark, add 500 instead.


  5. Janet is right, the library has a physical copy of the 1930s-era cross reference to old and new Portland addresses — Brian linked to a digital copy. It’s a fantastic resource!

    But it’s worth pointing out that when you’re trying to find old/new addresses, sometimes the book doesn’t work. If the address you’ve got is in Portland now, but was outside city limits in the 1930s, the book doesn’t help. And, there were other address and street name changes both earlier and later than the 1930s! If you get stuck, the librarians at Multnomah County Library or the archivists at the Portland City Archives are the best folks to ask.

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