14 thoughts on “SW Macadam Avenue, circa 1939

  1. Probably taken to document the then-just completed Barbur Boulevard, which is clearly visible from the lower right up through the center of the photo. The open fields in the right center belonged to the Hoffman and Raz dairies, later developed as Wilson Park and Wilson High School, and Hillsdale.

  2. Thanks for showing this picture. My Uncle and aunt built their house in Hillsdale on Boundary St. in 1957, and my cousins attended Robert Gray Elementary and Wilson High School.

  3. Barbur Blvd (newly built as Ken notes above) was created following one old railroad right-of-way, and just below (east) of Barbur, in the photo above, you can see another railroad whose right-of-way would eventually be used for the alignment of I-5.

  4. Oh man, I’m going blind trying to zoom in and see the details on this one. 🙂 The spot where my house will be built (8 years after this photo was taken) is near the top center of this image.

  5. today i hiked up sw iowa to the marquam trail, and there is definitely not a road! i assume the road was for the sewer construction in the gulch there, or was it really a street? did slavin go up the gulch?
    interestingly, when you look at google maps or portland maps, there are ghosts of the right-of-way.

  6. also, i know we love trees here, but someone needs to trim the shrubby maples next to charter house – barely anything is visible from the elk rock viewpoint any more….

  7. @wl It’s not just the view from the Chart House. There are multiple spots along Terwilliger with park benches, designed to be viewpoints, that look onto nothing but a dense tangle of maples. We need a city arborist with the authority and money to re-open some vistas.

  8. i believe william hawkins has been campaigning for some time now to get the city to maintain historic view points, esp. those suggested by olmstead. i gather the response is along the lines of ‘get bent.’ trees trump all in portland – unless you are a developer!

  9. The Columbus Day Storm was a great boon to Portland parks, toppling trees that blocked views. Olmsted said, “The views are worth more than the trees,” but one can see less from Washington Park every year.

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