11 thoughts on “SW 6th Avenue, circa 1870

  1. Looking at the sun angle and the grades of the street from the southeast corner, is this Pioneer Square today?

  2. From an Oregonian article about the school within the last year ” It remained in use until 1883, when it was sold. The old Portland Hotel was built on the site in about 1889″

  3. Various accounts have construction of the Portland Hotel beginning in either 1881 or 1882. They all agree that the hotel opened in 1890 after the original investor, Henry Villard, went bust in the panic of 1884 leaving the hotel unfinished until later investors combined capital to fund the completion of the hotel.


    PDXHistory has a number of exterior and interior photos of the hotel here:


  4. P.A. Marquam purchased the building, cut it in half, and moved it a block to the north, where the south half of it became the Marquam Boarding house on Sixth and Alder until being demolished in the early 1920s.

  5. Nice mud. There was a feller crossing the street once in Portland, and saw a hat. Picking it up, there was a man underneath it. “Are you all right?” he asked. “Yeah but hurry up and start digging. My horse is under me.”

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