Chimney Park Incinerator, 1932

Blueprints for the original construction of the Chimney Park Incinerator, 1932. For more information about Chimney Park, click here.

 

City of Portland (OR) Archives, Chimney Park Incinerator, A2013-007, 1932.

 

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7 thoughts on “Chimney Park Incinerator, 1932

  1. This is why they were called ‘blueprints’, all drawn by hand in ink, with great drafting skills and no errors. Printed in negative from the white paper and black ink.

    It’s a ways from what we do today, and with a whole different skill set.

  2. I’m not clear on how this would work. I would expect a huge trash pile (city dump) adjacent and some kind of conveyor feed. All the aerials of the site show a clean almost park like building.

  3. We still should be incinerating our trash today, like they do in Salem without pollution instead of trucking it to Eastern Oregon.

  4. But they trucking companies would not make any money that way. What is it something like 80 trucks a day that don’t need to be on the road. The railroads tried to bid on shipping the garbage but it could not compete against the highly subsidized trucking industry which gets to what amounts to a free ride on public roads. The railroads on the other hand have to buy their roadway, build it, maintain it and pay property taxes on it, the truckers have none of that expensive overhead thanks to the taxes we pay. What little they do pay in fuel taxes and mileage taxes is a joke, nowhere even beginning to cover the damage and wear they cause.

  5. Before the city did improvements to this park. In the field just south of this building used to be a mountain of old cobblestones. Every time I took my dog for a walk I’d collect a few to make a garden border for my front yard until my neighbor told me that it is totally illegal to possess them and they are all considered city property. Does anybody know if that is true? I don’t want to be tackled and hog tied for my super cool garden art. -thanks for any info

  6. Yes, the city claimed all of the Belgian blocks (as the cobblestones are sometimes known) as historic city property (after all, the city paid for the construction of the streets they formerly paved–and there are still several miles of them under inner-city pavement), and used some of them in the construction of the transit mall.

    Ironically, after the city quit incinerating material at Chimney Park, the building housed the city archives for some years.

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