17 thoughts on “Mt. Tabor Streetcar, 1946

  1. I rode the Mt Tabor cars five days a week to Washington High School, a very smooth and quiet ride unlike present day busses.

  2. I did the same, from S.E. 86th (end of the line) to Glencoe school. All by my lonesome, from kindergarten to about the third grade.

  3. This is great! The more scenes along Portland’s once expansive trolley lines, the better! And to read stories about riding the cars is icing on the cake. Thanks, Lance and rodohu, thanks VP! (Now if only we can see some old photos of and around the Sellwood Carbarns)

  4. Great photo. It’s crazy how Portland once had a great trolley system that ran on electricity and it was replaced by gas-guzzling busses only to return to a bus/rail system today.
    I don’t remember the trolleys but I know that my aunt used to take the train from Oregon City to Portland to visit us. I also remember seeing the electric busses in NW. But they were all either shut down or replaced by diesel busses by the end of the 50s..

  5. And then there was a time, sometime in the 1940s, when a Mount Tabor trolley was heading east coming down the steep Yamhill from Mount Tabor apex, lost control, left the tracks at the bottom of the hill, and plowed right into a house at the bottom of the hill.

  6. @Quadro4: This is looking east down SE Taylor St. from SE 71st Ave.. The stairs at lower right leading up into Mt. Tabor park are still there.

  7. Also, this view from 71st is the “top” of SE Taylor St. there, where you must turn right (if you’re heading uphill on Taylor) and jog over to Yamhill. At that corner, the streetcar right-of-way left the public streets and continued straight across 71st, before beginning to curve over across Yamhill and then up the little curving gravel ally between 70th and 69th where it re-joined the regular street grid at 69th and Belmont. If you look at a satellite view today on google maps, you can still see the curving tree line west of 71st and Taylor that followed the old right-of-way and the current property lines there still follow the curve as well.

  8. re: rodoho & chuck–Mt. Tabor Trolley wreck 1904’s
    I grew up on 73rd & Main St. Check the house on the east side of 76th at the foot of S.E. Taylor St. The Trolley penetrated the house for 5-6 feet and when they repaired the wall it was moved west several feet for the width of the hole. No one was hurt. Mt. Tabor trolley line died August of 1948 or 49.

  9. Great info, Wayne. My memory didn’t fail! My great-grandfather Amos Hughes was among the early settlers in 1890s at about 76th & Taylor/Yamhill. Specifically, 202 E. 76th. He was a dairyman and farmer, often supplying foodstuffs to the cloistered nuns. He and sons even built a couple of the homes — still there — close to 76th. They had adjoining back lots, one at 1904 E. Yamhill and the other at 1905 E. Taylor. Been away from PDX a l-o-n-g time. Enjoy driving by the homes whenever I visit the city.

  10. That streetcar derailed and ended up in the basement of my Grandparents house. My grandmother found tokens for years in her flowerbeds.

  11. Didn’t see reference above before I posted earlier. Yes crash was into the house at the corner of 76th and Taylor, 7603 SE Taylor to be exact , My grandparents house. It ended up in the basement. A nook was added to the dining room where the house was impacted by streetcar. I have a few of the Tokens my Grandmother found.

  12. I did some research and it turns out that this wrecked happened almost exactly 70 years ago: Sept. 2, 1945. There was a front-page photo in The Oregonian and a pretty interesting story. Turns out the car lost control after a collision with another streetcar further up Mount Tabor. There had been some sort of failure with the signal system, leading to the collision. Several slight injuries but no one was killed.

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