14 thoughts on “Ross Island Bridge, 1926

  1. On closer inspection, I think it’s the second (and third, though heavily modified) house on the right that has survived.

  2. Mat I don’t see how any of the houses on the right survived. Look how close they are to the railing on the left side of the photo. The existing house that looks similar to the ones in the photo is near SE 7th it’s a few blocks from that north guard rail.

  3. I’m with Mat on this one. The diamond shaped shingle details in the gable ends sure seem to conform to what is evident in the historic photo as well as the current Google Street View. I think these are the houses just West of 7th, although the one closest to the camera is now gone. I’m curious if the East end of the North railing may have originally been further East than where it now ends.

  4. Mike – I just viewed a 1911 and 1917 street map and Powell Blvd. which was known as Powell Valley Rd. at the time did end at Milwaukie, so you are correct.

  5. Are we looking at the north railing of the east end of the bridge or the south railing? In other words are we standing in the middle of Powell or maybe on Brooklyn? If it is the north railing I wonder why we can’t see the now-gone Inman House (north of the approach) which was the twin to the still standing 1892 Poulson house. I don’t see a turret on the big house at the left that was on the Inman house.

  6. Regarding he house on the right in the old photo, that resembles one that still exists today on Google Street View. If that is the same house, then some of the original NE concrete bridge railing has been removed – as the house that’s still there is much farther East than where the railing ends today.The other explanation is the bridge railing hasn’t changed and there was another house that looked like this, farther West, originally. Looking at the new concrete added to the old, I would guess that the bridge railing extended farther East originally.

  7. I’ve been looking for an overhead photo of the east end of the Ross Island Bridge taken just after it opened to see how far east that railing on the north side went but can’t find anything.

  8. Mat is correct. The second and third houses are still standing, on the SW corner of Powell and 7th. I verified this with the 1909 Sanborn map, which shows the barn/garage in the center of the photo — it’s on the NE corner of 7th and Brooklyn (now Powell). So, as others have suggested, the north side railing of the bridge must have originally extended much farther east.

  9. DAn , It would be interesting to see that section of of the 1909 Sanborn map that you refer to. Is that possible.? Cynthia

  10. Cynthia,

    I don’t know of an easy way to share an image (and it would probably run afoul of copyright laws). But if you have a Multnomah County Library card, you can access the Sanborn maps here: https://multcolib.org/resource/digital-sanborn-maps-1867-1970 (click on “Begin using this resource”). Once you login with your card number, pick Browse Maps–>Oregon–>Portland–>1924-1928.

    The relevant map is Volume 7, Sheet 789. It shows the two small (still existing) houses on the SW corner of 7th and Brooklyn. In the old numbering system, the addresses were 428 and 430 Brooklyn. The barn at the center of the photo is on the NE corner, of the same intersection, 574 E 7th. The photographer was standing somewhere near the intersection of 6th and Brooklyn, facing east.

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