NW Glisan Street, 1924

Construction on NW Glisan Street looking towards the Steel Bridge approach, 1924. Fire Station 2 is in the left portion of the image near the bottom of the off-ramp.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.357

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.357


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27 thoughts on “NW Glisan Street, 1924

  1. I wonder when the city first adopted zoning practices, The mix of heavy industrial and high density residential only happens now in the new Dakota oil fields.

  2. Interestingly enough. The Oregon DEQ is seeking public comment until Nov 30 on a proposal by NW Natural Gas to clean up pollution related to that gas tank. The approximate 3 acre property in question is known as the former Portland Gas Manufacturing site where petroleum gas was manufactured from coal, water and liquid petroleum from 1860 until 1913. The area includes 5 city blocks from NW 2nd to the river between NW Glisan an Davis as well as the river bottom.This is from an article in yesterdays Oregon City News. Perfect timing
    Presumably you could acquire more information fro the project DEQ manager Dan Hafely at;

  3. Those tanks contained gas for domestic & industrial stoves, furnaces, etc., (vapour gas, not liquid) it consisted primarily of carbon monoxide.
    It was manufactured from coal or oil via nasty dirty & polluting distillation process.
    Stored at low pressure in those giant tanks. Those tanks served as reservoir to accommodate fluctuation in rates of consumption.
    Worldwide & locally, Its largely surpassed now days by natural gas coming from gas wells hundreds of miles away. Its delivered to our riot torn city via trans continental pipelines. Those pipelines operate at high pressures. There is no longer need for prime real estate hogging giant storage tanks.

  4. K your post stated ” Those tanks contained gas for domestic & industrial stoves, furnaces, etc., (vapour gas, not liquid) it consisted primarily of carbon monoxide.
    It was manufactured from coal or oil via nasty dirty & polluting distillation process.” Not carbon monoxide. Methane.

  5. I remember those big gas storage tanks when I was growing up. They would go up and down depending on how much gas was in them… There were quite a few in Southeast Portland off the Ross Island Bridge.

  6. Mike,
    Carbon monoxide. Look again at the chemistry of producer gas manufacture.
    Hydrogen too included. To a minor degree, potentially in the form of methane. but all precise constituents will vary based on the feedstock and variables of process.

    As an aside, back in those days, suicide by sticking ones head into the stove…

  7. What good would it do to store carbon monoxide in those tanks? It doesn’t burn. You can’t sell it. I’m pretty sure it was methane and related hydrocarbons derived from coal.

  8. Actually k is right. And carbon monoxide definitely burns (it’s carbon dioxide that doesn’t burn).

    From wiki on carbon monoxide:
    “In the presence of oxygen, including atmospheric concentrations, carbon monoxide burns with a blue flame, producing carbon dioxide.[11] Coal gas, which was widely used before the 1960s for domestic lighting, cooking, and heating, had carbon monoxide as a significant fuel constituent.”

    And from wiki on coal gas:

    “Coal gas contains a variety of calorific gases including hydrogen, carbon monoxide, methane and volatile hydrocarbons together with small quantities of non-calorific gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen.
    Prior to the development of natural gas supply and transmission—during the 1940s and 1950s in the United States and during the late 1960s and 1970s in Great Britain—virtually all gas for fuel and lighting was manufactured from coal. Town gas was supplied to households via municipally-owned piped distribution systems.”


  9. From tandfonline.com ” and oil gas consisting of hydrogen and methane with lesser amount of carbon monoxide and illuminants. ” Was there some carbon monoxide in the gas? Yes but mostly it was hydrogen and methane.

  10. Aren’t the foundations or pads for the gasometers at SE Clinton just west of SE 11th/Milwaukie still there? I think NW Natural uses the area for something.

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