W Burnside Street, 1910

W Burnside Street and SW Washington Street looking east from 19th Avenue, 1910. A street dividing lamppost signal drawn into the photograph. You can see this intersection from a different angle by clicking here.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2005-001.156.


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19 thoughts on “W Burnside Street, 1910

  1. The first year in which the Standish appears in The Oregonian is 1913, when ads appear featuring “All outside rooms. modern. $2.50 per week up.” That same year, the Willard Hotel (at Morrison and Park Streets) offered rooms for $2 per day with meals.
    The last mention of the Standish in the paper was in 1927 (July 26, p.3) when we read a headline: BEER USED AS DECOY: Thirst Unquenched, Money Gone, Says Victim. “… Lured to the entrance of the Standish hotel, 548-1/2 Washington street, by the promise of beer, J. Murtinger, 1043 Maryland avenue, was robbed by an armed man of $115 in cash and $35 in checks. Murtinger, believing he saw an opportunity to wrest the weapon from the robber, grappled with him. The hold-up man fired, but the bullet, a .25-caliber projectile, went over Murtinger’s shoulder and lodged in the wall. Murtinger released his hold and the man fled, pursued by his victim, who lost the trail presumably in a garage at Sixteenth and Couch streets.“

  2. This appears to be another double exposure image with the ghosty car headed towards the camera and the oversaturated dark areas. That sign-post near the ghosted car looks very strange.
    The Standish Hotel looks as though it was attempting to give off an olde English half-timbered (black & white) look at street level, but it wasn’t carried through into the upper part of the building (probably was cost prohibited), and this looks a wee bit peculiar.

  3. Sorry that I jumped the gun on the location. The building was similar enough to McMenamins Annex that I thought it was the same. Today’s photo is, of course, where Washington met Burnside which was destroyed by I-405.

  4. @ssssteven — I think your current view is in another part of town. The photo today is near the MacDonald’s on Burnside, across from the SCRAP reuse store (which I believe is in the Baker Corporation/Oregon Motorcar building from today’s post). Another landmark nearby now is the Portland Firefighters Park — memorial for David Campbell.

  5. @ssssteven — I just posted my comment about location and yours appeared at the exact same time!

  6. Okay, on further reading, I’m not doing well today. Today’s corner is by the Fireman’s memorial where Alder meets Burnside meets 19th. I was confused by the address of the Standish Hotel which is on Washington. This is the first I’ve heard that Burnside ended where it joined Washington and that Washington extended to 23rd where it became Barnes.

  7. The address of the distinctive white brick building on the left of today’s is 1719-1735 W Burnside. I’m giving up on embedded Street View today.

  8. This is looking East from 19th with Burnside on the left and Alder on the right not Washington. The Studebaker building on the right is on the corner of 18th & Alder, as indicated by a 1909 plumbing permit. Washington intersected with Burnside at 16th before the construction of I-405 freeway.

  9. Liz when J Murtinger was robbed with the promise of a beer this was during prohibition (1920-1933) it made me wonder why he had such a large sum of money on him during this time period. Looking at Oregonian archives (1927-1930) I found the names of John, Joe, and William Murtinger were arrested for bootlegging. Perhaps they were brothers, or cousins, but John and Joe were arrested for selling to undercover police, or during a raid, and William was arrested selling a still to undercover police.

    Here are their arrest stories in the Oregonian (John 8/17/28 page 18) (Joe 2/7/29 page 24) (William 5/3/30 page 7)

  10. Technically, W. Burnside & S.W. Washington streets still intersect just west of 15th avenue. Washington street is only about a quarter of a block long there.

  11. I find the thread of these conversations very interesting. My grandfather had a furniture store in the ‘teens through the early Depression years on the corner of 17th and W. Burnside (the current home of Fantasy and former home of A-Ball Plumbing Supply in recent history). In talking with my mother, who passed away 10 years ago at age 99, she recounted stories of her father having a large desk in the arched window on the 17th Ave, side where he’d keep an eye on her as she rode her tricycle up and down the sidewalk. My grandfather boarded his delivery ponies, Pokey and Tony, at a livery a block or two away from the store. She mentioned that the address of McGrath’s Furniture was on Washington where Burnside and Washington came together. From these posts I see that Burnside was Washington at one time. There you go!

  12. Catherine Burke– After reading your your comment that Burnside use to be Washington in the past I do recall that being the case, so I looked at old plumbing permits for old buildings West of 16th & Burnside today, and yes they were Washington street addresses prior to the great renumbering of Portland in the 1931-1933 time period. The correct description of the VP photo today from 1910 should be 19th looking East at Washington on the left & Alder on the right. Good catch Catherine.

  13. Catherine, your contribution is priceless! Thank you!

    Dennis — prompted by your fascinating findings on the bootlegger Murtingers, I’ve done a little extra research. According to various online calculators, $115 in 1927 is worth between $1669 and $1704 today. (And $2.50 in 1927 translates to between $36 and $37 now.)

    The library’s Ancestry Library Edition has listings for several Murtingers living in the 1920’s and 1930’s, but I didn’t see any of them living on Maryland Avenue. However, there is a listing in the 1912 City Directory for John (a teamster living at 371 Multnomah), John S R employed by Gardner Cigar Co., living at 855 Clinton) and William (a chauffeur living at 540 E 31st). In the 1931 City Directory (the closest to 1927 I could get), both a John and John Jr. live at 4903 31st Ave. SE; William’s address is given as RD 2 Box 46. (He’s listed as a salesman for a plumbing supply company that year.) There is also a John B. Murtinger, a carpenter living at 342 Mallory Ave.

    According to the Oregonian, October 16, 1924, during a robbery at a bank at the intersection of Williams and Knott Streets, “John and William Murlinger, 848-1/2 Clinton street, were in their store across the street from the bank when the bandits came out. They started to rush to the aid of [Patrolman] Larson, but one of the robbers, taking deliberate aim, shattered a window but a few inches from one of the two brothers, proprietors of a wallpaper store. Both men ducked when the bullet whizzed by them.”

    In The Oregonian, February 8, 1932 (p.10) there is a death notice for John Murtinger which lists among his relatives a brother, William.

    I didn’t find a Joe or Joseph Murtinger, but it looks like one could spend a lot of happy hours delving into the newspaper stories about this family!

  14. Liz great sleuthing as usual. The brothers William & John both were from Minnesota, and the 1920 & 1930 indicate their father was from Austria, and their mother was from Germany / Bohemia. Like you I could not find Joe or Joseph in Oregon or Washington, so I cast the widest net and searched Joe & Joseph on Ancestry living in the USA for 1920 & 1930 and I found only one living in Minnesota for both years. In 1930 he was 22 years and both parents were born in Minnesota, so perhaps Joe was only in Oregon for a limited number of years between census years, and related to William and John.

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