9 thoughts on “SW 34th Avenue, 1961

  1. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the air raid warning siren and tower up on SW 32nd Ave and Texas St, but it’s just out of picture. They were 50 feet tall. No cold war fix today.

  2. Nice trailer house. My kinda stuff ! I would have hated to be on the downhill side during the rainy season.

  3. Is Capitol Highway just past the tree there? I’m pretty sure that road was paved before this as it was part of the Interstate/Pacific Highway route. (Brian’s photo doesn’t show up for me)

  4. Houses on both sides of the street are still there. Sadly, the trailer is gone. Capitol Hwy and Starbucks would be less than a block behind the photographer. This shot is looking west towards SW Vermont. Wonderful view of how rural SW Portland was only a short time ago. Glad that Multnomah hasn’t lost its old time charm and appeal.

  5. Hmmm…
    Thanks…with the use of Brian’s google, I “moused up” the street a bit…to take another look at the Starbucks building.
    65 years ago, that building was painted a rather dusty camel/tan color…it was a hardware store…the name of that hardware store was “Bill’s Home & Garden Supply”. Bill’s went out of business in late ’52 or early ’53…the date is a little cloudy now. That’s when I learned a new word to add to my slowly growing vocabulary…the word was “franchise”. How ironic that the business now located in that building is today, a “franchise”!


  6. Actually, the shot is looking roughly north. Most of the side streets in this area weren’t paved until the 1950s, a busy decade when the area was annexed to Portland and city sewer service was brought in. However, a lot of the paving here was done in a renegade fashion, without city approval. There are two to three layers of paving on my street (a few blocks east of this photo), but no curbs or other indications that any of the paving events were done with city approval. That’s why the city doesn’t maintain most of the streets here except to fill in the occasional pothole.

    The jog in the street (not visible in the photo, located just about where the photographer is standing) may be an artifact of platting for the largest number of lots possible with little regard for existing streets and adjacent plats.

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