12 thoughts on “Downtown Portland, circa 1935

  1. The first Rose Festival fleet week was in 1936 as it was announced in the Oregonian on August 4, 1935 page 43.
    Fleet for City Looms for Next Rose Festival
    Portland next Rose Festival season probably will have a fleet week all its own, it was indicated to Mayor Joe Carson in Seattle by Admiral Joseph M. Reeves, commander in chief of the United States battle fleet, the mayor said on his return yesterday from the sound city’s annual potlach festival.

    A related aerial photo that was likely from the same day as today’s photo can be seen from VP date September 12, 2014 and shows the 2 ships minutes before the pass by each other at the old Morrison bridge.
    With no hull numbers on the Navy ships it is hard to identify the ships, and match them to the year the may have visited.

  2. Dennis, as you pointed out in a previous post a cruiser and four destroyers visited over 4th of July weekend, 1935. The cruiser was parked at the end of Stark (just north of the Morrison Bridge). This matches up better with the photos posted today and 2014 than the 19 ships listed for the first Rose Festival fleet week in 1936 (though granted, they might not all have arrived). I am at a loss as to why all the ships in any of the photos have had their bow numbers painted out. This includes the USS Philadelphia photo from 1939. https://tinyurl.com/yyzrmrho

  3. The two cruisers in the center of the photo are Northampton class. The cruiser on the left is either Portland or Indianapolis.

  4. ssssteven– The 1935 ships that visited Portland were the light cruiser USS Raleigh CL-7 (555′ long) and four ( 314′ long) Clemson class destroyers USS Barry DD-248– USS Childs DD-241– USS Gilmer DD-233– USS Williamson DD-244.

    The Oregonian from July 5, 1935 page 2 list locations for the ships with USS Raleigh at Stark street, USS Barry & USS Childs at Pine street, and USS Gilmer & USS Williamson at the public market.

    The destroyers that visited Vancouver in 1935 were the USS Dallas, Brooks, Kane, Hatfield, & Fox

  5. A good stock of the city’s oldest commercial buildings still remain in this view; five of these blocks would be obliterated in the 1950s when the Morrison Bridge was replaced.

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