12 thoughts on “Military Parade, circa 1917

  1. According to a 2012 post in VP:

    The Athens Hotel, on the corner of NW 6th and Everett St., was built in 1912 as the New Houston Hotel. It became the Montana Hotel sometime in the 1920s, the Belmont Hotel in the 1930s, the Libbey Hotel in the 1950s and the Athens Hotel in 1970. It was closed in 1984 due to severe deterioration. The popular Athens West restaurant operated in the building from the 1950 to 1988. Central City Concern then purchased and rehabilitated the hotel as low income housing and it’s now known as the Sally McCracken Building.

  2. Oops — trying too hard too early in the morning. I now see that today’s picture is “Hotel Athens” rather than “Athens Hotel” — but finding the latter is proving pretty hard this morning. It will be interesting to see what others find!

  3. This is looking NW towards the intersection of SW 12th and Morrison. That the site of the old Danmoore Hotel that stood in on the grounds of the current park adjacent to the First Presbyterian Church. We can see part of the old Portland High School at 14th and Morrison in the background.

  4. Addendum: We are looking FROM the intersection of SW 12th and Morrison. The Danmoore would later be expanded into the area of the house in the foreground.

  5. Addendum II: Interestingly, the sign in the above photo was uncovered during the demolition of the Danmoore.

    Danmoore Hotel Being Razed - 90 Year Old Signs Revealed

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  7. Below is experiment only to try to embed a photo clipping of the Hotel Athens from 1912. The photo shows the exterior of the newly built hotel at 13th and Morrison. From the Oregon Daily Journal 29 Sep 1912 as clipped and downloaded from newspapers.com. Sorry in advance if It does not work.

  8. Ahhh The Danmoore. Worked in that building many times.
    Upstairs, the aroma of poop and Brylcreem filled the corridors.
    They did a good job on refurbishing the Bike Gallery in its SE. corner..

  9. Kind of a sullen looking group riding that caisson. But then sitting on those un-sprung ammo chests bouncing over the cobblestones can not have been great fun. These men may have been members of the 41st Infantry Division activated for US Army service on 1 April, 1917 if the date on the photo is correct, just before US entry into WW 1 and destined for shipment to France where those caissons would really go rolling along.

  10. Possibly the Rose Festival parade?
    That started in 1907 so this would be 10 years into it.
    Rod: That’s a great post. Important for us to remember what was happening back then.

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