27 thoughts on “NE Sandy Boulevard, 1963

  1. Not completely sure but the city had a system of evacuation sirens mounted on platforms around the city and I think that is one of them at 57th and NE Sandy there on the tower. It was a large Chrysler Engine mounted with a siren.

  2. Mike, as a kid growing up in that neighborhood I remember hearing that air raid siren when they were testing it. Also, as I occasionally drive down NE 60th from Alameda to Halsey I can’t believe the fire trucks would take that route instead of 57th.

  3. Mike: You are correct. The giant sirens were made by the Chrysler corporation. Each siren was equipped with a 331 cubic inch 180-horsepower Hemi gasoline engine. The sirens would rotate 360 degrees on top of their platforms and were capable of producing a wail of 138 decibels each. These sirens were the most powerful sirens ever made and could be heard from a distance of 10 miles. In 1953, the cost of an air raid siren was $5500. The total cost per siren and tower was about $10,000 each. Initially, the sirens were tested every Monday at noon. After the public outcry became louder than the sirens, they were tested once a month until they were eventually taken down.

  4. Anyone remember the name of the Fur shop just to the east a few doors from the bowling alley? And there was a maple furniture store about across from Bruce-Luzaden, started with a B (Bruckers??). Bought some furniture there when first married in ’58.

  5. Bruce Luzader attended Beaumont Elementary and graduated from Grant High School. He then served in the US army, stationed in Japan. After the service he attended U of O, Vanport (Portland State) and Linfield. He married Beverly Anderson in 1949. Starting at the age of 15, Bruce earned his way up to become an accomplished and renown business owner and professional photographer in the Portland area for nearly 50 years. http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=bruce-bryant-luzader&pid=154902933

  6. Sometime before the end of 1975, Bruce Luzader relocated his studio to the SE corner of NE 31st and Broadway, and the Bike Gallery had taken over that space at 5211 NE Sandy. Obviously the Bike Gallery grew too big for that space and opened their much larger showroom just up the road and on the same side. But I’m curious what happened to the storefronts east of the blue-tiled building–there’s a vacant lot with food carts there now. Anyone know?

  7. Craig W: Due east from the blue tiled building was the site of the Sandy Lanes bowling alley and pool room; this bowling alley was reconfigured from a former roller skating rink. If you magnify the VP image, you will see the Sandy Lanes logo. The structure burned down in a major fire in 1999, creating the vacancy now occupied by the food cart court. The storefronts leading down to NE 52nd west of the food carts must have been remodeled with the more up-to-date looking brick work we see today (courtesy of the Google image from ryanvzd); the original storefronts we see in the VP photo might have been damaged by the bowling alley fire as well.

  8. I leave it to the VP car buffs to check the accuracy of the 1963 date of this photo against the model years of the cars shown in the photo. However, I was wasting time by looking up dates for the “See Mommy, Clean!” slogan on the ad billboard touting the cleanliness of Chevron service station restrooms. On the west coast, it looks like this ad campaign dates from the summer of 1957. Trivial, but sort of interesting. I imagine the dates on a lot of these VP images refer to the dates the photos were placed in the city archives and not to the dates on which the photos were actually taken???

  9. Ok I know this would be bad thing to do but after watching the video of the siren did anybody think it would be sort of fun to go to the top of Rocky Butte one night with one of those things at say dusk and start it up?

  10. How a simple street photo can bring back memories. 1972, Franklin Hi said, “go to Bruce Luzader’s” for your senior photo. I somehow managed to get on the proper bus and found the place. Thanks for the info about Bruce L. 1972, the beginning of a new era for me…

  11. At the blog’s current rate of travel along this stretch of Sandy, it won’t be Christmas before VP arrives at the infamous Coon Chicken Inn. The good old days, not always so good.

  12. Champs: For the record…. If you magnify the VP image posted on 7 Nov., you will see part of the signage for one of the restaurants that succeeded the infamous “Coon Chicken Inn” on this section of Sandy Blvd. In the upper right corner of the pic you can spot a sign that reads in part “Prime…” This denotes the eatery known as the “Prime Rib,” a name carried on to the present day as “Clyde’s Prime Rib,” this being the first name of the prior owner. The CCI (part of a chain in the West) closed in about 1951, I believe. It was taken over for a while by the locally famous Waddles restaurant before turning over the Prime Rib. Anyhow, maybe the VP folks will saunter on eastward one of these days and show a closer image of this eatery. The lot it sits on is bound to be redeveloped some day soon into the ubiquitous multi-story apartment bldg. with retail on the ground level. Too bad; the Prime Rib is a cozy retro spot with a good menu under new owners.

  13. Bob, believe me, old Engine 28 did run south on N. E. 57th — a lot! I lived on N. E. 56th. The old American-LaFrance pumper they used through the 1950s had a huge Federal Model Q-1 siren on its front. A large St. Bernard dog (named Zeus) on our street could hear the siren before we humans could, and began baying loudly any time Engine 28 approached on a downhill run.

  14. The bowling alley shown appears to be in the location formerly occupied by the Roseway Theater. A couple of doors west — about the aqua-colored space — was Highway Hardware, owned by Frank and Mary Astley. Who can tell me which building housed the studios of KPDQ 800 Radio in the late 1950s? It was along that strip also.

  15. Oregonian Excerpt re date of fire (with apologies for pedantic nitpicking):



    Author: DAN HORTSCH – The Oregonian | Page: C03 | Section: PORTLAND ZONER | Column: NORTH/NE FOCUS
    785 Words | Readability: Lexile: 1190, grade level(s): 10 11-12
    Summary: Fond recollections dwell on the swell earlier enterprises at the site of the now gutted Sandy Lanes building

    Sometimes a bowling alley is more than a bowling alley.

    When the Sandy Lanes burned early Aug. 29, a lot of people recalled great times at the 1960s-era lanes with its older equipment and atmosphere from a time when they were teens and learning to bowl and enjoying being young.

    Still others went further back, back to the Highway Theater, the Rollerdrome, the Paladium dance hall — all on that block — and to another destructive fire, this one on the eve of World War II.

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