SE 82nd Avenue, 1936

Gray’s Crossing Pharmacy on the corner of SE 82nd Avenue and SE Woodstock Boulevard, April 15, 1936.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.2140

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.2140


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14 thoughts on “SE 82nd Avenue, 1936

  1. The stop button in the street indicates 82nd stopping for Woodstock, apparently because of the Mt Scott car line crossing.

  2. It’s interesting that the overhead sign says “Railroad Crossing”. Was it for the streetcar, or did a rail line go down Woodstock? I would assume streetcar…

  3. Okay, I’m throwing this out – is that a 1933 Dodge Sedan Delivery sitting under the hardware sign? Pretty rare if it is.

    …now back to regular programming….

  4. The building in the 1926 photo appears to have lost several feet off of its eastern facade by the time of the Street View photo above. The sidewalk appears much narrower in the old photo and the angled corner entrance is gone, but the window bay to the immediate west (left) looks like it is the same width.

    Not sure about the rail line. No railroad tracks show on the 1925 Sanborn maps of this intersection. (Heavy rail lines usually do show up, though, so perhaps this points to a street car line.)

  5. Checked another source: 1925 Pittmon’s Map of Portland. It clearly shows the Mount Scott street car line crossing 82nd at Woodstock.

  6. I’d guess that the apparent change in sidewalk width is from the change in angle of the camera–the new photo is taken from a slightly greater height.

  7. Gray’s Crossing appears to be the name of the store. I’ve never heard of a Gray’s Crossing on 82nd or Woodstock as a place name, but place names come and go. It would be interesting to see a streetcar schedule from this time, and how the stop was identified.

  8. IIRC the Mt. Scott was a steam line that ran from the Hawthorne Bridge east to 50th, across Powell, south again on 72nd, curved east onto Woodstock and then terminated around 104th where it met the Springwater. It was heavier rail than other streetcars and was not allowed on the Hawthorne Bridge. Or is that because it was steam?

  9. If you google Grays Crossing, there are several book references that make it sound like it was a place name in the early 1900s.

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