NE 82nd Avenue, 1916

NE 82nd Avenue, looking northeast from the corner of NE Halsey Street and NE 82nd Avenue, September 28, 1916. Rocky Butte is in the background.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, NE 82nd Ave looking north to Rocky Butte from Halsey, A2005-005, 1916

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, NE 82nd Ave looking north to Rocky Butte from Halsey, A2005-005, 1916


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13 thoughts on “NE 82nd Avenue, 1916

  1. Thanks Brian, a great comparison. At that time I believe 39th was the only crossing of the RR that was not at grade. To make the present Sandy overhead the RR was lowered and Sandy raised disturbing a bit the RRs steady grade. Going east on the RR the grade levels at 33rd and resumes at 39th.

  2. If you look to the right of the street and just this side of the UP tracks you’ll see the tracks of the Portland Railway Light & Power company’s Mt. Hood line and the trolley wire overhead. The line’s Montavilla station was near this location. At one time the line actually connected with the UP but the connection was later removed and the cars from the station went to Bull Run. The tracks were removed in 1927 according to the very interesting book “Fares, Please!”

  3. Totally off topic, but hopefully someone on this site can help me. I could not find anything online or in the VP archives.

    In the early 80s (and probably earlier) there was a restaurant in North Portland on either Williams, Grand, MLK or Vancouver that was called “Love’s” or something similar. It had a separate bar. That’s about all I can remember. Does anyone remember this restaurant, and if so, the exact name and location? Thanks.

  4. Paul: There was a barbecued ribs place called “Love’s” at 220 NE Weidler (also at 3380 Cedar Hills Blvd) until around the mid-1980s. Did not see any record of anything under that precise name on the other streets you named, The NE Weidler location later became a Chinese restaurant. Now it is a dental group practice.

  5. Richard: Thanks for your response. In my mind I probably conflated several restaurants, but the restaurant on Weidler is probably the one I was thinking of.

  6. @Mike. The Union Pacific tracks left Sullivan’s Gulch at NE 67th and Halsey via a deep cut to arrive at the southern shoulder of Rocky Butte. 82nd and Halsey was very near to east end of that cut. Sullivan’s Gulch continued on to the northeast from 67th and Halsey to the Alameda Bluff and east thru what is now the Rose City Golf Coarse and peters out across 82nd near the eastern terminus of NE Brazee at the foot of Rocky Butte. You are correct in that by popular local lore the appellation “Sullivan’s Gulch” came to be attached to the railroad cut but never the less it was a man made feature. The Gulch that originated as a water course as a result of the Missoulan Floods at the end of the last ice age provided the railroad with a handy route with an easy natural gradient from the Willamette River until the need to achieve the shoulder of Rocky Butte, thus the excavation of the cut.

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