NW Front Avenue, 1974

NW Front Avenue with Standard Steel and Western Warehouse in the background, 1974.

 

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, NW Front Avenue with Standard Steel and Western Warehouse in the background, A2012-005, 1974.

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, NW Front Avenue with Standard Steel and Western Warehouse in the background, A2012-005, 1974.

 

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12 thoughts on “NW Front Avenue, 1974

  1. Borich Transfer. Founded and operated for many years by Nicola Borich a gentleman of Serbian extraction. They had a intrastate cartage permit as well as a tanker permit. At one time they hauled petroleum products for Richfield but when the Willamette Valley pipeline became operational, along with many other tank truck operators, they watched the Highway 99 business dwindle to a mere fraction. They apparently survived with the cartage business by specializing in roofing products as I recall.
    Nicola Borich is remembered today by old timers as a genuine old school character and Oregon trucking pioneer. The company he founded may still be in business in some form yet . http://hankstruckpictures.com/kg_borich.htm

  2. Many of the buildings in this photo are still around. The Western Warehouse building is at NW 18th and Upshur, and Fitzgibbon Glass appears to be at 19th and Vaughn. The Standard Steel building is now occupied by Carton Service on Front Ave. Immediately in front of that building (and barely visible behind the lamp post) is the Dockside restaurant, famous for its dumpster, where they found incriminating evidence in the Tonya Harding / Nancy Kerrigan affair.

    Here’s the best modern view I could get:

  3. After a good deal of looking, I finally found a street sign in the picture. I think it says 14th Avenue. That structure at the left has to be a temporary support for the Fremont Bridge, then under construction.

  4. Carter: TY that makes sense. Was your father Evan, the structural engineer by any chance?

  5. Carter: Never had the pleasure of meeting either one of you, but I do enjoy your posts. I had the opportunity to talk to your Dad over telephone several times when I was putting together/researching a blog, the Kelly Butte Civil Defense Center. As you know, he was the structural engineer and he was in his 90’s and sharp. He remembered everything accurately, and I really liked talking to him. I thanked him in the blog. Take care.

    http://kellybutteunderground.blogspot.com/

  6. rumblefish351 and brother Carter–nice to see a little remembrance of our dad. He and I walked up on Kelly Butte together about 2007, just before his health declined. As a boy, I was fascinated by the place. I think we were allowed inside just once, just before it was turned over to the city for operation. Thank you for collecting some good information on the blog.

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