11 thoughts on “St. Johns Bridge, circa 1935

  1. Beautiful photo, but the evidence of pollution is fairly noticeable. These are Superfund sites now: creosote on the right and Gasco coke on the left.

  2. Below the west side bridge approach, under viaduct, you can see the Whitwood Court Hotel.

  3. I’m curious about the inward bound ship in the photo. It looks like it might be a dreadnought, but the USS Oregon was already on static display in downtown Portland at the time this photo appears to have been taken. Anyone have any thoughts?

  4. Great picture.
    Lografts, Dredge pipelines & dredges, lumbet dock and Gasworks in the distance.
    The good ‘ol days for sure !

  5. The ship looks to me like a heavy cruiser. If it was a battleship it would have either lattice or tripod masts which this ship doesn’t have. Might even be the Portland or the Astoria.

  6. The only reason for a US Navy ship of this size to visit Portland would be Rose Festival or some other celebration as all work on them would have been done in Washington or California Naval Yards. Portland’s harbor was all about commercial vessels, not Naval except for maybe an occasional small Navy ship in need of emergency repairs to allow it to get to a Naval Shipyard. Of course during WW2 this wouldn’t hold true.


  7. At the navsource website, in the cruiser category, there is an outstanding picture of the U.S.S ASTORIA CA34 passing under the St. Johns bridge, heading downtown. Only thing is, the caption says 1937.

  8. good find, norm! while the ship in the original shot looks like at least an astoria sister, if not her, i don’t think the shot is on the same day – the 1937 pic has no log rafts wrapped around the eastern bridge footings. something has changed about the warehouse to the south (going up? coming down?), and there are different ships moored to the north and south, as well.

    if we assume that warehouse is going up, then this is possibly a ww2-era shot.

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