15 thoughts on “Linnton, circa 1938

  1. Boy, Linnton was sure smaller, then. Is it still an industrial area?


    Vintage Portland posted: “The Linnton industrial area just south of Sauvie Island, circa 1938. View this image in Efiles by clicking here.”

  2. What an awesome picture. Who knew such a huge mill ever existed there? I think Steve is right, downstream from Linnton Plywood at Kingsley Park. 2 of those old houses still remain along NW St Helens Rd. This mill may be the Clark & Wilson lumber mill. Also, I read that the Linnton Plywood mill is to be torn down and the property to be returned to natural state.

  3. One of so many very mills on the river at that time. Our former forests floating in log rafts and stacked on the warfs awaiting shippment. What the photo does not share is the delightfull aroma of fresh cut wood that permiated the Portland air. Sawdust heaped in small mountains.

  4. @Bob,

    That was true for some parts of Portland, but in this stretch, the smell of fresh cut wood would have been mingled with the smells coming from the Gasco plant and creosote plant just upriver, the smell of paper mill downriver, and the smell of the Union stock yards and Armour meat-packing plant on the other side of the peninsula. There was a reason this region was historically known as “stinky flats.”

    It is much better today, with the occasional exception of oil car trains passing through “the cut.”

  5. Dont forget the paper mill in St Helens…
    Neat picture. Alot of industrial detail seen.
    Smoke belching from the ship & boiler plant, Steam Locomotive too…

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