10 thoughts on “SW Morrison Street, circa 1927

  1. I spent a bit of time recently learning about the history of this stadium as I prepared a talk on the history of football in Oregon. I’m not sure the year of this picture, but many may not realize the site was used for football as the Multnomah Field as early as 1893! Here’s my blog that includes a few other photos – thanks to both the MAC and Oregon Encyclopedia. There is also a link to the talk I gave for the WL Historical Society about football, but a longer discussion about stadiums too. https://dedemontgomery.com/2020/05/24/oregon-football-and-stadiums-a-recap/

  2. Thanks for the link to your blog and the YouTube talk you gave, Dede. It’s fun to hear from someone whose family goes back so many generations to the site of the day!

  3. Thanks Liz. Yes, I try not to obnoxiously overshare my site, but I have blogged about so much that shows up here. Going back in Oregon to 1837 with a lot of documented family history gives me many opportunities!

  4. Multnomah Stadium was for a long time owned by the MAC. It has been the site of many famous sports figures from Satchel Page, to Willie Stargell and even Willie Mays. Rocky Benevento (Oregon Sport Hall of Fame) was the Park Superintendent and Grounds Keeper when the Portland Beavers moved from Vaughn Street Stadium in 1956 after the Fire Marshall shut it down. Rocky was instrumental in promoting baseball in Portland and guiding youth to play in Slabtown. Many of his proteges signed professional contracts.

  5. To Vlad: Nope, the only street named after my family is Montgomery Way in Wilsonville. To Igor: Yes, here’s a quote from my blog: “This newly formed MAAC Club first rented an athletic field in Goose Hollow adjacent to the 1887 Industrial Exposition Building, and built a small grandstand. A few years later the MAAC moved its gymnasium and club to SW 10th & Yamhill. (In 1910 after a fire destroyed that building, it moved to its location today – across the field to Salmon Street.) The field and early stadium attracted crowds exceeding its grandstands: In 1908 10,000 people watched Oregon play Oregon Agricultural College (today’s OSU), and 30,000 people came to the stadium in 1923 to hear President Warren Harding. In 1926 the MAAC constructed what many of us know as the earliest beginnings of this Multnomah Stadium (an upgrade to the Multnomah Field), and sold it to the City of Portland in 1966. Since its years as Multnomah Stadium, it has been known as Civic Stadium, Portland General Electric (PGE) Park, Jeld-Wen Field and today, Providence Park.“

  6. Igor– Here is what was in the Oregonian on October 9, 1926 (page 6) which I believe on opening day of the new Multnomah Civic Stadium. ” There are 22 sections in the main structure of the new Multnomah Civic Stadium, with each section composed of more than 1000 seats. The gate numbers correspond to the section numbers, as it will not be difficult to locate the seats as the gates are numbered in rotation with No. 1 starting on the South side of Stout street ( SW 20th today) where the stadium begins.
    It looks likes the stadium had 22 gated entrances when it opened.

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