11 thoughts on “Ross Island Bridge, 1926

  1. On the far right of the photo you can see the monument that has been discussed on this site before. Looks like it is still being built.

  2. It’s interesting to see how the West hills looked back then, before being grossly over-built in the vicinity of OHSU and other areas; a real hazardous earthquake scenario that will playout sometime in the future.

  3. My Dad worked for OHSU for 45 years. He said that there was someone who wanted to donate acres of flat land out in SW Portland somewhere, but the powers that be turned it down which he thought was shortsighted and foolish. Because of the terrain, construction costs are significantly increased.

  4. One of my favorite photos so far. You can see the Multnomah County Hospital, Failing school, the future site of the tram, all the old Victorian houses, etc. I drive this route 4-5 times a week.

  5. I imagine all that rebar steel came from a nearby mill and was barged in ? Not shipped from a great distance..
    The lumber for the concrete forms wouldn’t have far to travel. I think there was at least one giant sawmill directly across the river from this spot.

  6. Susan: hindsight forgets that the decision was made 100+ years ago, well before any flood or pollution control on the Willamette. The river’s legacy as something to be kept at arm’s length shows up in usage patterns all around the city.

  7. Dave yes there was the large Inman-Poulsen lumber mill on the East bank of the Willamette river directly North of the Ross Island Bridge.

  8. The brick building on the right in the distance is the back side of the Neighborhood House, which today is the Cedarwood Waldorf School. According to http://www.cedarwoodschool.org/our-history, the building was built in 1910 by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) as a settlement house for European immigrants by Lair Hill Park. It was designed in the Georgian Revival style by noted architect A.E. Doyle, whose other works include the Central Library in downtown Portland. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in July 1979.

  9. Susan: What I heard is that someone had bought land on Marquam Hill, sight unseen, for a railway station (it does have streets on a regular grid)–and when it turned out to be on the top of a steep hill, donated it for the medical school

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