St. Johns Bridge, 1931 Posted on July 28, 2016 by Vintage Portland 14 The St. Johns Bridge looking northeast, 1931. City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2004-002.6388 View this image in Efiles by clicking here. Rate this:Share this:FacebookPinterestTwitterEmailRedditLike this:Like Loading... Related
Is someone walking on the cable just on the other side of the near tower?
That’s what it looks like to me, too, Robert. St. John’s bridge has always been my favorite.
I see no traffic, possibly the bridge has not yet opened.
It looks like a ferry still running. The east side ferry landing is in the photo. Does anyone know where the west side landing was?
My father was sleeping under the bridge waiting for someone to fall so he could try to gdt a job. True quote from my father no dreams.
Todd: The west side ferry landing may have been on the north side of the bridge connected to a road that led to the old Whitwood Court Hotel on US 30 (St Helen’s Hwy).
I like to imagine the St. Johns Bridge in place of the Burnside bridge. It would have been a very good image for the City of Portland.
Rumblefish: Thanks. I see a likely spot on Google
Earth that may be the remnant that would match up with that. Brian R posts on this site a lot. He and I were looking for the ferry landings from his boat not long ago.
Yes, as rumblefish351 suggests the west-side landing was north of the bridge. You can see the ferry on this 1924 map from a previous VP post.
What a amazing bridge. Whenever I hear someone say something along the lines of “we dont need good design for infrastructure, we just need it to work!” I remind them of the difference between the Marquam and the St. John’s bridges. One has become such an emblem of pride that people get tattoos, socks and other paraphernalia emblazoned with it’s likeness. The other is so hated, it is suggested be demolished for it’s sins.
Thats a guy walking on the rope, another guy standing on the near tower.
No doubts they don’t have PPE as required now days !
I was under the impression that Whitword (sp?) Court was part of old Springville, and that the ferry from St Johns crossed the Willamette to Springville. There are probably more consice article to make this argument but this is all I could find quickly: https://medium.com/@lauraofoster/forest-bridge-and-lunch-hike-springville-road-st-johns-bridge-and-st-johns-74115ac79715#.881x3hei6