Station 20, 1913

Fire crew standing outside Station 20, 1913. The station was located at 1600 E 13th Street, which later became 8210 SE 13th Avenue.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2001-083.304

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2001-083.304


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17 thoughts on “Station 20, 1913

  1. it may have also been used as a lookout, but it is a hose-drying tower. 50-foot hoses can be hung straight in one. by this time, portland had an electric fire alarm system, and likely hadn’t used lookout towers for several years.
    this is now a vacant lot, but the building in the left background survives.

  2. sanborn, 1908-09, vol 5, 09, sheet 564. marked as ‘hose tower. 60’ ‘ also notes it was hose co. #4, and held a single hose cart with 1728’ of 2-1/2″ hose.

  3. Here’s a current view from approx the same spot:
    As already noted, the building to left and the house behind with peaked roof are still there. And the same fireplug on the near corner.
    It must have been a real thrill for the little boy to get his picture taken with the firemen!

  4. I suspect that the current building on this lot (constructed 1920) began its life as a replacement firehouse. Many later Portland fire stations were constructed to look similar to homes of the period so they would fit in better with their surroundings.

  5. jim, you are correct – the historic plumbing permits show a 1920 entry for a ‘new 1-story new frame fire station.’

  6. The building to the left, currently houses Sellwood Pub, among a couple other businesses. You can check more old photos of the building, street, and area inside Sellwood Pub. Pretty cool.

  7. Love that photo. Mike G. My flour quit rising along time ago. Just kidding..Couldn’t resist that one.

  8. Interesting to see the windows ajar. I notice windows are often open in photos of this period, even here we can clearly see it is still not spring as the trees have not budded. I think people were just a lot less concerned with wasting heat or energy. Clearly by the time even my house (1930) was built there was little concern with insulation. Was wood that cheap that it was basically free?

  9. Yup, pretty much. PDX, Linton, St. Johns, etc were mill towns. The rivers only a means to move logs to the mills and dispose of our sewage. The smell of burning wood in the air and the dense fog that formed around those particulate. Many homes had sawdust burner octopus furnaces. The sawdust was free…you paid only for the hauler to bring it to your driveway in late summer.

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