19 thoughts on “SW 6th Avenue, 1967

  1. Nope, Mike, both the location info on the photo and the google map link are correct: SW 6th and Sherman. There’s the Frostee Freeze (with the 19 cent hamburgers) I remember when I first started at OHSU in 1981. I remembered it as a Dairy Queen but… Terwilliger Plaza is the large building on the right.

  2. Definitely 6th Ave. The houses at extreme right are still there, including the one with distinctive pillars and porch over the garage.

  3. I know that fast food joint with the orange roof intimately. I worked there as a fry cook. In fact I worked there the hot summer of 1967 when apparently this picture was taken. It was my first “real job” with a paycheck. The restaurant was part of a chain called the “TASTEE FREEZE”. There are still a few of the buildings with the distinctive A FRAME construction around town. One example is on SE Milwaukee just south of Powell blvd.
    The building directly to the north of it had a coin op laundry on the first floor. One summer evening I almost burned the building down! We used burlap bags to wipe grease off the grill. One of my jobs was to take the burlap over to the laundry and run them through the wash. On this particular day I through them in the dryer (not a good idea!) set it on high and went back across the parking lot to my station behind the grill. About 20 minutes later the sound of sirens caught my attention as a fire truck pulled into the parking lot. smoke was pouring out of the laundry. Fortunately no flames just a lot of smoke.

  4. Another point of interest in the photo. Directly below the Terwilliger Plaza headed South on 6th is the back of a Rose City Transit bus. Old Rosy with the distinctive white over red paint job. At that time Rosy had competition. There was also a blue bus that headed south out of downtown, it was called the (I think) Tualatin Valley bus. Man could they belch out the black smoke as they labored up SW capital highway.

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  6. The Detroit 6-71 two stroke diesel. Iconic american product.
    1967, marked the one million produced. Maybe that Rose City bus carried it ??

  7. Later became catering location for two lovely lung labies. Believe it was called Eat Your Heart Out. Monica and Marilyn.. They later opened up on N W 23rd and Kearney..

  8. I have always been pleasantly surprised with the architecture of Terwilliger Plaza. It doesn’t seem like it would work, given the scale and odd site, but something about it is just neat. And the reskin a few years ago made it quite handsome indeed.

  9. “The restaurant was part of a chain called the “TASTEE FREEZE”.” I stand corrected; not Frostee Freeze. It was torn down between 6/1994 and 7/2000 using Google Earth.

  10. What is amazing is how many parts of Portland look the same after years and years.
    I would just love, for a day or two, to be able to walk into some of these pictures.

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