10 thoughts on “Hawthorne Line, circa 1920

  1. Early 20th century trolley/streetcar maps I’ve looked at show the Mt. Scott line, going out from downtown along Hawthorne to 52nd, on Foster to 72nd, on Woodstock into Lents, and then up Foster to Lents Junction (almost the same route the #14 bus takes now!). I’ve never seen that line referred to as the Hawthorne trolley line. Was there a shorter/different line that just ran on Hawthorne, or had some other route, during the era of this photograph?

  2. One of my earliest memories is my Mom taking us to Mt Tabor on the streetcar “because it wasn’t going be there any more”. What line would that have been?

  3. The Hawthorne Line ran along said Blvd past SE 50th, where the Mt.Scott line turned, and on through meandering streets and avenues ending up at SE 74th and Woodward (E 29th at the time of this photo)..
    Susan, that was the Mount Tabor Line (MT on the cars’ front dasher), It went up, for the most part, SE Morrison, jogged over to SE Belmont near Lone Fir Cemetery, continuing eastward up the hill to Mt.Tabor, jogging once more to SE Taylor, then turned east onto SE Yamhill from SE 76th and to end of track at 88th Ave.

  4. Thanks Tim M! I love that photo as it’s only a block from where I live, and the intersection hasn’t changed completely. But sadly the Sewickly Building is about to bite the dust for another four story box.

  5. The photo is probably at the end of track at 74th and Woodward preparing to reverse. The windshield is open indicating front of car, the pole is up indicating the rear.

  6. That was my thought, too, Lance, as to location, since the pole is up on the end closest to the camera. Also, if you look to the far right, behind the car, there is what looks like the stone wall and iron fence of one of the reservoirs.
    The Hawthorne Line, as well as the Mt.Scott Line, was standard gauge (4′-8-1/2″ between the rails), same as the interurban railroads. But most of Portland’s other city street car lines were narrow gauge, and 42″ at that, same as the Los Angeles city lines.

  7. Good thought, Tim. If that is the reservoir the picture may be at 60th and Division, wonder if that was once the end of the line.

  8. “Car No. 725 is waiting next to the reservoir at the east end of the Hawthorne Avenue line at the Southeast Sixtieth and Division terminal in 1913. That year the line was extended to present-day Southeast Woodward Street and Seventy-fourth Avenue. Some veteran streetcars were saved from the scrapper’s torch to become beach cabins or diners, but No. 725’s retirement proved less glamorous; in 1937, it began a new career as a chicken coop.”

    Excerpt From: Thompson, Richard. “Portland’s Streetcar Lines.” Arcadia Publishing, 2011-10-22.

  9. Richard, are you the same Richard Thompson who has written so many fine books on Portland’s electric railways? I have a couple and enjoy them very much. I have the honor of having one of my pen and ink drawings in your tome, “Willamette Valley Railways”, on pg.17. I had forgotten I had given permission for its use, even the circumstances surrounding it, until I purchased the book recently and was pleasantly reminded (and surprised) about it. Keep up the good work.

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