20 thoughts on “SE McLoughlin Boulevard, 1972

  1. No center median at this time. That’s the SE Milwaukie overpass in the distance. 24 hour fitness in now where the Rose Manor was.

  2. Nighttime images have a special atmosphere all their own. I wouldn’t think that curb height center median would help much in the event of a crash; I don’t see a lot of tire marks on it however, either.

  3. The single family dwelling beyond the motel on the corner at SE Long St. is still there; however SE Long St. is now blocked off from Se McLoughlin Blvd.

  4. Today’s view.

    The house along the left is there, the motel is gone, and a big 24 hour fitness is in it’s place.

  5. Having been away from Portland for many years, back in 2004 I booked several rooms at a motel for a group of friends from around the country who were on a Pacific Northwest baseball tour. Back when the Beavers were still playing at what I prefer to call Multnomah Stadium. I am pretty sure it was the Rose Manor; to say it had seen better days would be an understatement. We survived one night and did find a nice breakfast place nearby. And the Beavers won.

  6. Before the concrete center wall and before this center curb the 2′ wide center strip had 1″ high angle bars, early rumble strips ~

  7. This photo was taken not many years after the completion of the I-5 freeway in Oregon which resulted in the decline or death of many motels, restaurants, and travelers amenities along the earlier Highway 99 route that had been the “main drag” prior to the construction of the Interstate System. McLoughlin Blvd. was 99E – the route up the East side of the Willamette Valley from Junction City where, as the name suggests, Federal Hwy 99 split into East and West routes running North into Portland where they rejoined to cross the Columbia River. Highway 99W entered the Portland area via Tigard whereas 99E passed through Oregon City on the East bank of the Willamette. Just out of the frame and to the left of this photo, where a Mexican restaurant now operates (in what I suspect is the same building), was an early Waddle’s Restaurant. During the 1960’s, probably around the same time that I-5 was finished, this McLoughlin Waddle’s closed leaving only their well-known Jantzen Beach location which carried on for many years before it became a Hooter’s, but that, as they say, is another story.

  8. I grew up in Portland in the 1950s-’60s and never knew there was once a Waddle’s out on McGloughlin. That’s interesting! Of course I remember the Waddle’s at Jantzen Beach. Ate there with my family many times. That’s now a Hooter’s? OMG – Portland has changed! Ha Ha.

  9. Interstate 5, or the Minnesota Freeway as it was once called, opened the final 3.8 miles from the East bank freeway to the Interstate Bridge on Wednesday December 2, 1964.

  10. Back in ’84 I rented the house next door to the one in the picture. At the time S.E. Long was not blocked off. The traffic from Milwaukie Ave. would use Long to shortcut to McGloughlin. During the morning rush hour it was crazy busy. And dangerous.

  11. looked so nice back then now is a garbage heap with bums and tents and used drug syringes and ugly boxy buildings with no character and off looking window placements and wacko colors portland sucks today use to be so nice

  12. Interesting spelling of John McLoughlin’s last name a couple of you are using. Is this some local SE Portandism dialect?

  13. No ,Steven, just a typo on my part regarding the correct spelling of John McLoughlin’s name. Sorry!

  14. I remember the Rose Manor well. My father, Dave Killen, would sometimes bring me along on his business trips. One of those brought us to Portland in the summer of 1960. We stayed at the Rose Manor. In my memory, our unit was actually two stories, much like a small home, with two bedrooms upstairs and a small kitchenette on the ground floor. But I was just 9 so I don’t have complete confidence in those memories so I’m wondering if anyone else recalls anything about the units. Years later, through the late ’80s and early ’90s, after my family moved to Portland for work, my parents would typically stay at the Rose Manor when they came to visit. It was a bit run down at the time, but I think they liked the down-home feel of the place.

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