23 thoughts on “NE Glisan Street, 1963

  1. On the contrary, the homes in the distance are still there. The large blue-green house is now painted yellow and there are a couple homes of a similar age just beyond it, which can’t be seen well in this photo. Even the short house with the pointy roof in the middle of the frame is still there. Pretty much every visible building in this image is still standing.

    Harold’s Tavern is the A&L now, where I watched many a Timbers game. I used to live in the apartments they built in that empty space right next to the on/offramp. Living above the freeway was not fun at all, but they were income restricted and the money I saved on rent allowed me to save for the house I own now. I’ll always have fond memories of this block for that.

  2. I lived a block from there a year before when I was very young. It was just before we moved to the Burlingame area. I remember going to that Thriftway with my mom.

  3. I lived about a mile from this location. As a kid in the mid-1950s I and a friend spent many hours on the 60th Ave. overpass over the Banfield Freeway watching the Union Pacific tracks, waiting for trains. An industrial siding with many short spurs was located between the 60th Ave. and Halsey St. overpasses and it served several businesses. A regular “job” usually brought and removed railcars once a week. It was interesting to see the maneuvers required to move the cars in and out of those spurs. There were lineside signals just east of 60th and west of Halsey and when one of those lit up we knew a train was coming.

  4. Somewhere near here was a big International Harvester showroom. They had a billboard with a tractor. The tanks tracks on the billboard lit up with lights and moved around to make it look like the tractor was moving.
    By 1963, the building was a DMV office. Since the building was set back from the street, I don’t think it is visible in today’s picture. I think it was in that open area right about in the center of this picture.

  5. @JohnH: Yes, the Intntl. Harvester dealership was just next door (to the Drivers Ed business) to the west of the retail storefront (Harolds et al). It was sited on the set back lot you can see in this VP photo. I believe Glisan St. once was a major access road into Portland for farming folk in E. Mult. county, and the IH showroom with large glass display windows was probably designed to attract their attention. The DMV moved into the vacated IH building at some point perhaps in the 1970s? I remember taking my driving license exam test at this site in 1963. I guess the apartment housing now occupying this site must have been built in the 1980s or 1990s.

  6. Correction: The DMV must have taken over the old IH space on NE Glisan and NE 60th in the 1950s versus 1970s.

  7. I recall the IH building. We drove by it many times when my folks were building our new home on NE 91st. The large pieces of equipment were fascinating to a 5 year old boy. The DMV moved into the building later. It was 65 + years ago but I believe the name of the company was Howard Cooper.

  8. The DMV property became a high density development. PDC and their ilk put on a dog and pony show for the neighborhood associations, telling us what we wanted.
    The project includes apartments along 60th Av with dark alcoves where a person can hide to jump out at people walking to the MAX station.

  9. Ahhhhh, my weekly joint during football season (Geaux Saints!!!!).. Angelo’s the “A&L”.. love the shot!.. in fact..


  10. In 1977, i was 17 yrs old and i stole my old mans car and drove to that DMV, took my permit test w/out reading the manual and passed. Then a week later stole his car again and took the drivers licence test, again w/out reading the manual and failed by ONE question. Ahhhh good times!

  11. I’m so glad VP finally posted this intersection! I deliver this mail route on foot once a week and always wondered what the heck Commerical Refrigeration and Cooling at 5920 NE Glisan originally was—now I know—A Thriftway! It definitely has the feel of an old grocery store. A lot of this intersection hasn’t changed much at all, besides the giant apartment complex at 5825 NE Glisan.

  12. I know this neighborhood well! Pretty much all those buildings are still there. Even the billboard structure on top of that corner building is still there. It’s all dive bars and coffee shops for the most part nowadays.

  13. Enjoyed reading all the comments! My kinsman, Ewald T. Pape, designed the building the tavern is in. June 13, 1926 Oregonian article says, “A store building and garage to cost $40,000, 100 x 100 feet, will be erected at East Sixtieth and and East Gilsan [sic] streets by E. T. Pape for W. M. Chase.”

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