SE Grand Avenue, 1951

Another view of the aftermath of an explosion at the US Bank building on SE Grand Avenue and SE Alder Street. This image is looking south, 1951.

 

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2005-005.165.1

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2005-005.165.1

 

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6 thoughts on “SE Grand Avenue, 1951

  1. I remember it well, half of the movie going experience was the building itself. My dad saw the movie Frankenstein when it first came out. He said there people screaming in fright and there was a ambulance waiting outside. He wouldn’t me watch on tv when I was a kid. I finally saw it when I was 17-18, it really wasn’t all that frightening to me.

  2. OK, I’ve got to ask: What was the cause? Banks after all, don’t usually have a propensity to explode unless somebody or something helps them along to do so.

  3. According to comments on the previous day’s Vintage Portland photo (a different street view of the same location and event), this explosion was caused by gas leaking into the bank’s basement. The leak occurred during construction of the city’s sewage interceptor. 7 bank employees were hospitalized.

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