11 thoughts on “N Willamette Boulevard, 1970

  1. Oops… this photo has nothing to do with The Cut and I got the railroad tracks confused. Guess I shouldn’t be commenting before my morning coffee.

  2. That tunnel came out on the Columbia Blvd. side of the ‘peninsula’. While visiting a friend’s house in Columbia Villa, a train passing through it could be felt in the apartment. A few ‘tough kids’ claimed they walked from the Columbia Blvd.side through it to the Mock’s Bottom side. They said there were indents in the wall where a person could escape being run over. I peered in once, but wasn’t brave enough to try. What is the distance through it, I wonder? Obviously, I was a ‘free range’ kid who survived childhood.

  3. The “indents” Donna mentioned are not in older tunnels such as on the 1800’s Siskiyou line. The only escape in those narrow tunnels would be to lay down in a muddy, greasy ditch.

  4. “The only escape in those narrow tunnels would be to lay down in a muddy, greasy ditch.” Glad my 11-year-old common sense or lack of courage prevailed!

  5. Lived in the Villa and use to play all the time at the north end of this tunnel. Dangerous? Hell yes but we survived.

  6. Kenn,
    This photo looks NW from the Swan Island area. The recent Mock’s Bottom slide photos were taken of an area along the Willamette Blvd. bluff about 1/3 mile east of here, just a few blocks past Chautauqua Blvd.

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