17 thoughts on “Broadway Bridge, 1948

  1. Robert G: thanks for your photo post of people just going about their daily business.
    I especially like the young woman and her two kids with the one young serviceman watching her very ancy boy and the other guy trying to strike up a conversation with her. Looks like it was a nice sunny, late fall day.
    Today’s aerial is interesting because it shows the nice residential areas on the East side of the river before the were obliterated for I-5 and the Rose Quarter.

  2. Mike the VP photo on March 30, 2010 will permit a larger image of this same photo, but here is my best guess as to what this sign says. I think that this is a Neon sign that had alternating messages with Albers being the only constant. I looked at the products that Albers Mills advertised in this era, so here is my guess what the alternating messages were.





    Hugh Boatwright, a Western and landscape artist, is restoring the murals on the mill’s silos, repainting the antique logos as they appeared when the mill was built in 1910. …
    Boatright also did quite a bit of digging at the Oregon Historical Society, the Portland City Archives and the Multnomah County Library. A 1930 Yellow Pages ad provided the best picture of the old company logos, which feature an old moustachioed miner alternately cooking oatmeal and flapjacks over an open fire. …

    As advertising, the logos are delightfully dated, boasting that the “Minit” oats “cook in 3 to 5.” Peacock Brand Buckwheat Flour is described as “self raising” and “wheat flour mixing.” “

  4. Debby yes that is the Union Pacific roundhouse at Albina Yards. The VP photo from April 7, 2010 has a better aerial view from 1947 taken on the east side, and VP photo from August 25, 2016 shows that by 1958 1/2 – 2/3 of the roundhouse had been torn down.

  5. In Robert G’s photo, they’re on the bridge, with suitcases, waiting for something, and there’s no sign saying bus stop. So what are they waiting for?

  6. Susan, that photo was posted on June 17, 2015, and was captioned “Les Ordeman photo of 1948 flood refugees”. I’m guessing it was the same flood we’re seeing in today’s photo. I’d have to think it’s the same flood that took out Vanport.

    Here’s another image from the same year, and close to the same location:

  7. Susan today’s photo is of a flooded Union Station in 1948, and the people waiting at curbside with luggage I think are train passengers waiting for a shuttle bus.

    Oregonian June 6, 1948 Page 18
    Spokane, Portland & Seattle and transcontinental trains of Great Northern and Northern Pacific operating between East and Vancouver, Wash. Passengers load and detrain at Stevenson Wash. using shuttle service between that point and Portland Union Station. Portland-Seattle joint service in operation between Kelso Wash. and points North, Bus service between between Portland Union Station and Kelso. Southern Pacific operating normal schedules into Brooklyn station in southeast Portland, Bus shuttle service to Union Station and Kelso Wash. Union Pacific operating normal schedule into temporary station at N. Russell st. and Interstate ave. Bus shuttle service to Union Station and Kelso Wash.

  8. It just seems odd that they would have to walk up onto the bridge to catch the shuttle, and the stop isn’t marked and not even a bench for a mom and her baby. Why wouldn’t the shuttle stop be at the train station instead of on a bridge?

  9. Susan the photo of passengers waiting on the bridge ramp was published in the Oregon Journal on June 2, 1948 page 21 with this caption.

    UNION PACIFIC passengers Seattle bound are here waiting on the Broadway bridge approach for bus transportation to Kelso by way of Longview bridge, from where they can continue northward by train.

  10. Vanport flood on May 30, 1948 wiped out railroad line to Vamcouver. These photos appear to be from the immediate aftermath when northbound train passengers had to take shuttle buses from Union Station to either Longview or Stevenson WA.

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