37 thoughts on “General Petroleum Gas Station, circa 1927

  1. Not sure of the exact location. I think this is looking north and a little east at the north side of SE Powell where that little island is now near SE Milwaukie.

  2. That’s a fairly large apartment complex that doesn’t look it had to be removed to widen what I’m guessing is SE Powell. Wonder what happened to it.

  3. I know what you mean . . . That Castle Rose name is kind of familiar too. I almost feel like those apartments were somewhere in the twenties on Sandy Blvd. or maybe Glisan -?? Doesn’t look quite right for Ross Island. Seem too “new” to be torn down.

  4. efiles clearly states:
    “Image also shows Castle Rose apartments and trolley tracks. Date is circa.”
    quite a ways frim ross island! archive staff have a bit of a cleanup job on this one – tags, too…

  5. @igor, That station is a block to the west. The General Petroleum station is at NE 24th and Sandy where the cannabis store is. NE Irving is the street between the Castle Rose and the gas station. I drive by it every day 🙂

  6. The name “Castle Rose” appears just below the “General Gasoline”, and yes it just off Sandy Blvd.between 24th & 25th. Their address is 2421 Ne Irving st.

  7. The Castle Rose Apartments were completed and began renting in Nov 1924. These apartments look like they’re occupied so I’d say the picture is 1925 or later.

  8. Castle Rose. I was having trouble before, but now see the exact match for the photo. Hey VP guys! Nothing to do with Ross Is. Br.!!!!

  9. Here is are listings for the Castle Rose Apts. from December 1924 Oregonian.
    CASTLE ROSE APARTMENTS 24th and Sandy Blvd.
    Now open all large outside rooms, bath and shower, hardwood floors, radio in each apartment, party room, lockers and large airy washroom in basement, plenty of storage space everybody welcome. Come and see for yourself and make your selection now. Apartments may be seen day or night.
    Later ads say apartments have electric ranges, and laundry has electric washers, and these apartments are “For particular People”

  10. According to PortlandMaps, a plumbing permit was pulled for 2419 NE Sandy Blvd in 1945 to “convert service station to 1-story frame store building,” so it looks like Edge Lord got the address correct!

  11. And it looks like the building on the right, 2421 NE Irving is still there too. I wonder about the American flag, usually indicates a govt building, but these are apartments.

  12. I see an off-center-fed dipole antenna strung between the poles on the apartment roof. Assume an early amateur radio operator (ham) lived there. I have access to callbooks listing the hams in PDX in from ’24 through ’29, not many!! Anylone able to fix a mail address for the Castle Rose? Will look to see if I can find who might be at an address listing around E 24 area. Was Sandy Blvd called that back then? If not, what? Lot of the early hams were or went on to become radio station and business owners in the PDX area. Wilbur J Jerman for example (think KWJJ, a later callsign replacing his original one, KFWV, “The Voice of Mt Tabor” in 1925).

  13. Susan: The flag pole is at the Castle Rose Apt. Building, which occupies the block between NE 24th & 25th.

    Don Tucker: My post from approx. 1 hour ago says that all apartments came equipped with a radio receiver, so this could be the reason for the antenna on the roof.

  14. Don Tucker: Plumbing permits from 1924 show the building address as 787 or 789 E Irving, check your books for this address.

  15. The last time I was in the Castle Rose Apts was almost 40 years ago but then they looked like a time capsule from the 20’s. Even down to to the Murphy beds. Don’t know what it looks like today though.

  16. Dennis:
    Missed the radio note. Because of the configuration I don’t see this as a ‘general’ antenna that all of the receivers of that day would be connected to, most having internal antenna coils. But, while I can’t fathom every apartment hooked up to one antenna (not an easy task I’d think in those days), I won’t dismiss it either. I’ll check the FCC callbooks for the Irving address anyway.

  17. Don Tucker: A plumbing permit from 1921 for the address of 51 E 24th has the address of 129 NE 24th today. This address is between NE Couch & NE Davis on 24th.

  18. Don Turner: I think I have the answer to the antenna on the Castle Rose. I found a short news story as the Castle Rose was ready to open, and it said all apartments had a radio connection. I also saw ads for homes for sale in the early 1920’s that list radio as a feature of the home, along with other features as heating source fireplace etc. Today a new house may list being wired for Cable/Internet connection, or apartments offering WiFi connection, I guess 100 years ago a radio connection was the cutting edge technology.

  19. Time for a Mea Culpa Portland Archives! The streetcar tracks should have been the clue this wasn’t the RI Bridge.

  20. mislabel isn’t current archive staff fault – photos were put in boxes who knows how long ago, some with incorrect info. when it was all reorganized and entered into the modern database, i’m sure some fact-checking went on, but mostly things were just typed in exactly as the original record. that’s what makes the power of this site: we’re fixing all those errors, for fun and for posterity. current archive staff usually correct the mistakes we find so they don’t continue on.
    now, where is the photo of a gas station that WAS being removed for bridge construction? which side of bridge? time to dig out the sanborn…

  21. oregonian, nov 2, 1924, page 89 lists general petroleum contractors. general was a brand that had been introduced to the portland area in 1923.

    the general petroleum station that COULD be in this photo was erickson bros at 1046 corbett in 1924. that seems a little far south? sadly, 1924 vol 2 is missing; the 08-50 maps are of course a tangle of approach roads. they DO show a ‘greasing station’ at what appears to be 307 kelly and grover, right under the bridge.

    the station in THIS picture is the sandy super service station, also a general petroleum dealer.

  22. Have another question re the Castle Rose. Does any source note how many apartments there were in the structure????

  23. Don Tucker: When built in 1924 the Castle Rose plumbing permit was issued for 34 toilets & basins, and 33 tubs & sinks, so it must have had 33-34 apartment units. This count does not include laundry tubs, and a slop tub on the same permit.

    Don: Google ( Long wire radio antenna Radiolaguy.com) for radio antenna requirements in the 1920’s

  24. Don & Dennis: I suspect it was 33 apartments with full baths and a kitchen sink plus one powder room for the party room mentioned in the The Oregonian snippet you posted above Dennis.

  25. Wow, this particular photo/entry has a long history: lots of info from lots of contributors! That’s what makes VP so interesting. I agree with wl: “…that’s what makes the power of this site: we’re fixing all those errors, for fun and for posterity. current archive staff usually correct the mistakes we find so they don’t continue on.” Thanks, everyone!

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