25 thoughts on “Washington Park Zoo, circa 1966

  1. I too recall our school field trips to the Zoo and Omsi, withour busses circling this clock.
    I do spy a couple of 1966 Chevrolets, and a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda. Those, and the August banner to the right, would put my guess at the summer ’67.

  2. This is another great post of garden features from the past. I so appreciate these photo postings – thank you.

  3. scott, if you look at photos of the west side from the 1890s, the area is already beginning to grow back with some shrubby trees;
    i would guesstimate they were cleared by the late 1870s by the size of the regrowth in some pictures.

    goose hollow, portland heights and the hills of washington park:

  4. Please can someone identify the top left houses of the goose hollow picture? The clock is as I remember it but only saw it only a few times. Thank you.

    On Thursday, September 29, 2016, Vintage Portland wrote:

    > Vintage Portland posted: “The floral clock at the Washington Park Zoo, > circa 1966. View this image in Efiles by clicking here.” >

  5. The light colored Pontiac on the left heading away from the parking lot is a compact Pontiac Tempest. It is either a 1966 or 1967. There is not enough details showing to tell which year as they were almost identical.

  6. The zoo, OMSI and the paper mill in Oregon city were standard field trip destinations in the 60’s. All the boys couldn’t wait to see the plastic lady at OMSI. In fact Matt Groening poked fun at it in an episode of the Simpsons.

  7. The poor house was on the zoo site before moving to Edgefield early in the 20th century. Later there was a golf course in the area, squeezed down to a pitch-and-putt by the zoo and OMSI, and then disappearing with the building of the Forestry Center.

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