SW 3rd Avenue, 1894

Flooded intersection of SW 3rd Avenue and SW Washington Street, 1894.

 

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2004-002.699

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2004-002.699

 

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16 thoughts on “SW 3rd Avenue, 1894

  1. if you place today’s photo on the left, and the march photo on the right, it is almost a panorama… thet ‘w.u. telegraph’ pole at the right of today’s image is on the left in the other.

  2. Venice on the Willamette.
    Portland city planners have long proposed a water taxi system.
    Early Portlanders were ahead of their time.
    Rowing on city streets while shopping for their favorite cigars.

  3. A cigar store in an old church? That seem like something that would happen today (except it would be a dispensary), not 1894.

  4. In the photo on the link that wl provided, I would swear that one guy under the “bridge” is on a stand up paddle board!

  5. Kind of hard to shanghai someone with the tunnels full of water but don’t tell that to the shanghai tunnel tour people.

  6. RE: Todd comment: I wondered the exact same thing. The paddle boarder polling in the photo across the street in the wl link. For a solo water venture it offers simplicity and control. It reminded me of Bud Clark polling in the Willamette in lederhosen. Maybe the unidentified boarder is Italian or othwerwise inspired by Venician gondolas.

  7. “A cigar store in an old church? That seem like something that would happen today (except it would be a dispensary), not 1894.”

    Looks to be an early version of “infill” in Portland.

  8. Today if this were to happen it would be declared a notional disaster area and would be shut down for weeks. Make intensive studies, take a million samples and analyze the situation to death. In the old days they just made as few adjustments and it was back to business as usual.

  9. Well, they didn’t study the 1996 flood to death. And the reason they “study” the Willamette is because they were dumping carcinogenic chemicals in it for 50 or 80 years. Might be good to know how that worked out.

  10. Third was a quiet residential street. There is an older picture of the church showing a small lawn and iron fence around it. The house on the right belonged to Ben Holladay and Dr. Glisan before that.

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