36 thoughts on “Bicycle Road Map, 1896

  1. I can’t make head or tail of this thing.


    Vintage Portland posted: “The Portland District Bicycle Road Map, published by Cunningham & Banks in May 1896. View this map in Efiles by clicking here.”

  2. The advertisements are so much fun! I wonder whatever happened to “celery tonic” — must have gone the way of the women’s sweater style pictured here. And the five-cent fare on the Vancouver Ferry — The recently proposed new version will probably cost 100 times as much!

  3. I have a 1973 color reproduction from the Oregon Historical Society. I have always loved looking at it. I keep it next to my bikes!

  4. I like the ad for D. J. Fraser’s: stop by for fine cigars before you start your trip. At this time 90% of American men smoked cigars. My partaking of cigars ended four years ago and, yes, I still miss them!

  5. Hillsdale… evidently originally called Bertha. I always thought Bertha-Beaverton Hwy (aka Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy) was named that because it connected Bertha Blvd. to Beaverton. And then there is “Tigardville”. Great Map!

  6. And another… West Linn formally “Windsor”. Or the now missing village of “Centerville” north of Corneilus.

  7. My only regret is that the resolution isn’t quite high enough to read the original names of what is now Cornell Rd. and Burnside (west of town). Interesting that Canyon (Sunset Hwy) seems to be spelled in Spanish: Cañon. @Rob Nob, How is the resolution on the print you got from the Historical Society?

  8. This earlier map from vintageportland shows Barnes for Burnside west of town and Cornell for Cornell, not whatever this map shows.

  9. Hillsdale was called Bertha, which answers my question why the highway connecting Hillsdale and Beaverton used to be called Bertha-Beaverton Hwy. I see Garden Home and West Portland — my old neighborhood — but don’t see Multnomah. Toney Lake Oswego was known as Succker Lake. Too funny!

  10. The rebranding of the wonderfully named Sucker Lake is right up there in promotional genius, somewhere between rapeseed oil now known as Canola and the teenage runaway and the dirty old coal miners now branded Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

  11. In 1896, Charlotte Smith and Virginia N. Lount of the Women’s Rescue League issued a resolution in which they bewailed the “great curse … inflicted on the people of this country because of the present bicycle craze.” Not only did they view imprudent use of the bicycle as a cause of “the diseases peculiar to women,” but “immoderate bicycling” was “to be deplored because of the evil associations and opportunities offered by cycling sports.” “The bicycle,” opined the moral guardians, “is the devil’s advocate agent morally and physically.” Calling on all “true women and clergymen” to support them, they denounced cycling by women as “indecent and vulgar,” and for good measure demanded that “married women should not resort to riding the wheel unless they wish to prevent motherhood.”

  12. Multnomah Channel called Willamette Slough. Hayden Island called Vancouver Island. Swan Island was still an Island.

  13. I grew up in Burlingame which does not appear to be there. I’m wondering if Taylor’s Ferry out of Tigardville is Beaverton-Hillsdale now. Looks like it runs right along where I-5 currently does through the curves. I currently live in the area they call Reedville which was just a spot in the road back then. Looks like there was no main highway but Farmington Road to get there.

  14. I have a “Barkers Celery cola” bottle in my collection. It’s one of the rarer Portland bottles. “Celro- cola” was Portland’s answer to “Coca Cola”. Those bottles are considered common by us bottle collectors.The most popular celery preparation was called “Paines celery compound”.

  15. My reprint from the Oregon Historical Society in 1973 has a similar ad panel on the right side, making it more symmetrical. It has an add for Victor bikes, Victoria bikes for women, Victor Athletic Goods, and Overman Wheel Company. It is 30”W x 22” H.

  16. In response to Steve above, Cornell is labeled “Cornell Cañon Road”, and Burnside is “Barnes Cañon Road”.

  17. In response to Susan, my print definitely shows a Tavern in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Oregon City, and NW 21st, but the rest of the possible Taverns are ambiguously town names?; Glencoe, Bethany, Progress, Kronenberg, Lents, Woodstock, Fairview, Clarnie, Pioneer, Brush Prarie, Pioneer, Priobstel, Hockinson? Hard to tell where they are showing a small grid of streets or a Tavern.

  18. Terrific map! This predates the tunnels on Cornell and Burnside. If you are heading west on Cornell by bicycle, there are surface paths that go out around the bluffs that the tunnels go through. Looking “through” the foliage it is obvious that these paths were the former route of Cornell. The loopy streets at the west end of Raleigh and Savier Streets are straightened today, but what is there now is still a through route between 27th & R and Cornell, if you are on a bike (car traffic is blocked at 29th & Quimby). The point where motorists leave Burnside to see the Pittock Mansion is actually the beginning Barnes Road today, which continues over the hill above the tunnel, crossing Skyline and continuing west as the Barnes most motorists know.

  19. Where Canon Road and Scholls Ferry meet, what does it say? Looks like Zion Town or Zoo Town, or Z105 Tower, or something. Anyone know?

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