13 thoughts on “Johnson Creek, 1934

  1. Though the craftsmanship of the WPA rock work was beautiful, tiling the banks of the creek was a significant nail in the coffin of all salmon that were once abundant in Johnson Creek.

  2. The Oregon Journal on November 9, 1934 (page 34) published a photo that shows “detail rip-rap work” on Johnson Creek near Eastmoreland golf course. The newspaper photo was taken from the opposite bank of the creek with a different angle but it does capture the edge of the barn, fence line and trees, thought the photo quality is not a good as today’s photo.

  3. My guess for a location would be somewhere in the general area of where OR Route 99E runs now, near where Johnson Creek runs near SE Harney, SE Umatilla, and SE Tacoma Streets; judging from the size and proximity of the western hills and what could be a small glimpse of the portion of land that was to become Westmoreland Park, seen in the photo.

  4. Just beyond the line of utility poles are two vertical pipes that probably support block signals for the railroad that is now the Springwater Trail.

  5. As a kid I used to fish Johnson Creek in the late 50’s-early 60’s. Rode my bike from NE 33rd and Fremont. Although this picture is close to where other posters have said, the rip-rap was done in other place like where Johnson Creek Blvd crosses the creek at around NE 45th Ave. In order for salmon to survive they need clean, cool, shaded water and unsilted sand which Johnson Creek has lacked for almost 90 years now.

  6. Ron K, those are semaphores for the Southern Pacific RR, so that should give another clue where this is at. The Portland Traction never had block signals like the big roads did, but rather a more home made looking affair, like a two-story birdhouse.

  7. They did this to miles and miles of the creek. In places like just just east of Powell butte they have remeandered part of the creek.

  8. oregonencyclopedia.org/johnsoncreek has a group of approx. 10 photos, and one is the location of today’s photo during the construction period.

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