Steel Bridge, circa 1942

An aerial of the East end of the Steel Bridge, circa 1942.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2010-001.202.


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10 thoughts on “Steel Bridge, circa 1942

  1. I really enjoy this picture for so many reasons. The Ship backing away from the dock. The house on the east side right at the water front. Maybe even the docking area where the Portland Sternwheeler moored.

  2. The two things I think about when looking at this are the tract of houses along the river in top right corner that would become the Thunderbird Motel in 1959 and does anybody remember the connecting ramp from the Steel Bridge to I-84 that was disconnected in the late 80’s? That on ramp stub still remains.

  3. Really highlights the extreme rail curvature at the east approaches of the Steel bridge. Great photo record of a neighborhood before it’s sacrifice to progress.

  4. Rumblefish351 I remember that ramp. The Portland area freeways have a lot of stubs to nowhere.

  5. Interesting angle of the image . I can see the curve in the street, just down stream from the old “O” dock warehouse, for the east side approach to the first Steel Bridge .

  6. Me thinks that the sternwheeler in the extreme left corner is the “Jean”–I recall reading that she was one of the last sawdust burners and also the sternwheel was split so that she could literally turn on the proverbial dime. Those docks were owned by the pioneer tug company Shaver Transportation.

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