SE Ladd Avenue, 1962

Crews removing damaged trees near 1931 SE Ladd Avenue between Ladd Circle and SE Palm Street, after the Columbus Day Storm, 1962.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2001-007.704

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2001-007.704


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10 thoughts on “SE Ladd Avenue, 1962

  1. Lots of tress went down. Both Wilshire Park and Grant Park used to have over twice as many trees on Oct 11,1962 as they do today.

  2. I had a paper route in Irvington in 1962. There were so many fallen trees that I had to wait about a week before I could ride my bike back down the streets.

  3. They were doing the best they could with what they had. The blowdown of trees was staggering, more than the total of output of lumber in Oregon & Washington in a year. It was 5 to 6 times the amount of the worst East coast hurricane. Also I would date the picture as late Nov or Dec or maybe even early 1963. The stumps were the last thing to be taken care of. Power and clearing of streets were the fist priorities. Some people were without power for 2 to 3 weeks. I remember the extension cord run from houses with power to those without. In 1962 there were three power companies and all served the same area, the entire city. It wasn’t like today where it is divided up in large areas served by one power provider. Everybody in an area has the same power company and when you loose power everybody looses power over a large area. The power was restored in very random pattern and people got their power restored at differing times on the same block.

  4. @Greg
    You are very correct. Very few now remember how the power was all split up within the same neighborhood. We had the same situation after the great ice storm of 1979. We had PPL and the people next door had PGE. Ours was out for over a week and theirs was back on in 24 hours. They let us run a cord to them so we could at least have heat and a couple of lights. I was very young when the Columbus Day Storm hit, but I do remember some of the aftermath.

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