13 thoughts on “Johnson Creek, 1934

  1. Complete guess but railroad tracks do cross Johnson Creek at SE 26th place, but the topography there doesn’t look quite right. Possibly tracks for a trolley that no longer exists? Didn’t the old trolley to Oregon City run along McLoughlin(ish)?

  2. My guess is in the vicinity of SE Ochoco St and SE McBrod Ave. Believe that is where the streetcars passed over Johnson Creek but I’ll be interested to see what others on here suggest. There are better history detectives on here than me by far. 🙂
    If you download the Efiles PDF of this VP post, you can see where the streetcar lines merge at the city boundary. Johnson Creek is right there.
    https://vintageportland.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/portland-industrial-map-1919/

  3. I believe this is the curved trestle at the mouth of Johnson Creek in Milwaukie. The electrics went on to Oregon City and for a short time into downtown Canemah ~

  4. I believe Brian R is correct on this one, I’d say this is on the tracks that are now the Springwater Trail.

  5. Was this bridge replaced or rebuilt as part of the “Super Highway” project. That may have been the reason for this photo. The later bridge differed from this design in several ways. There is a photo of the later bridge on page 147 of John T. Labbe’s book “Fares Please” (Caxton Printers). There is visible in the photo a trolley overhead hanger on the pole.

  6. I think Brian is correct: this is the trolley line that was known as the Springwater line. Looking at the water flow it appears that this looking north (upstream – the future park would be beyond the trestle). The date would likely put it as some of the preliminary investigation for the upcoming WPA work along the creek (VP has posted other photos from this project in the past). The crossing for Superhighway would be a bit further east of this spot. The trolley museum I volunteer for has three of the interurbans/trolleys that ran on this line so I always enjoy seeing photos like this one.

  7. John:

    Are you speaking of the excellent Western Railway Museum in Suisun City, CA (#4001) or is there a local trolley museum of which I am not aware of? Please share.

    My thanks.

    Bob Slusher

  8. I doubt if John drives down to Suisun City Ca. to volunteer. That’s an awful long commute. Yes there is a more local museum.

  9. Hi Bob,

    I speaking of the all-volunteer Oregon Electric Railway Museum at Brooks (we also run the Willamette Shore Trolley in Lake Oswego). The museum is at Powerland Heritage Park on I-5 north of Keizer, home of about 14 other heritage museums.. Our oldest trolley is a snow sweeper bought brand new for Portland in 1899. We have 5 Portland cars, about another 25 from around the US and also Australia, Portugal, Italy and even double-deckers from England and Hong Kong. A successful fundraising campaign earlier this year enabled us to bring home to Oregon the OE Rwy #21, a 60 ton electric locomotive built in 1912 that ran from Portland to Eugene and also out to Forest Grove. We are hoping to build a second car barn/restoration shop so that we can get our cars in the same great shape that Western Railway is doing with theirs. Sorry if this answer sounds like a commercial but its exciting to look at the VP site every day and often get to see either our trolleys or similar ones when they were in daily service.

    john

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