21 thoughts on “N Denver Avenue, 1945

  1. The gas station on the left is now a Chevron and there’s a 7-Eleven where the Signal station used to be. The houses still exist.

  2. I was surprised to see a roundabout at this intersection in the 1940’s; well, a roundabout with “training wheels” (concrete islands) to help drivers negotiate the intersection. I’m glad that the nice homes seen here, are still there.

  3. I spy: Station on left is a 76 and sports an appeal for donations to the Red Cross. Traffic islands appear to be new and most likely the subject of the photo. Interstate bus is electric, probably using the old street car infrastructure.

  4. Zach: TriMet did not start operations until December 1969 as a public transit system in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, and before that bus service was provided by 5 private bus companies. The electric bus shown is this photo was operated by Portland Traction Company.

  5. I remember riding the old Rose City bus when I was little (think they were red and white?). They smelled bad inside.

  6. This could be Interstate and Denver? The bus is on Argyle? The (future) Paul Bunyan statue would be on the left and the Dancin’ Bear club on the right. Sure looks like it.

  7. Zach, Tri-Met is such an improvement over what used to be. In the early 1950s if you needed to travel by bus across the entire metro area — like from Beaverton in the west to Gresham in the east — you might have to take several buses operated by 3 to 4 different bus/traction companies. No transfers between bus companies and no coordination of schedules..

  8. Barbara M & Robin Thompson: Here is a little more info on Portland bus service. Portland Traction Co. changed their name to Rose City Transit ( Red Buses) and had a the bus operations within city limits only. I lived in East Multnomah county and bus service was provided by Portland Stages which we called the Blue bus due to their blue color.

  9. George: I viewed a 1951 aerial photo of the intersection of N Denver & N Lombard and the traffic islands are as depicted in this photo, but no traffic islands of this shape are present at N Denver & N Interstate. A 1943 bus route shows that the Portland Traction Trolley bus traveled South on Denver then turning East on Lombard then turning South on Interstate.

  10. Dennis: Your right. The rooftop on the left with the chimney (behind) the gas station zeroed me in. Now I see the photo angle. That house is still there. Got just a little confused on this one. Thanks!

  11. I cant quite tell if those traffic signals are Eagleluxes or Crouse-Hinds art decos…..probably Eagleluxes, which were the first generation of black traffic lights in the area.. C-H followed very soon thereafter…

  12. This photo was taken from the doorway of The Farmers Barn Tavern. I worked there for too long and I know that view,

  13. The GNC store across the street from and to the West of the tavern was the location of the ‘Lombard Food ‘ store that burned down in a very large fire in mid 60’s. My POP Warner football team was sponsored by that store .

  14. This is taken from the doorway of The Farmers Barn. Trust me I worked there quite a while, I have looked out that door many of times. It was built in 1916.

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