14 thoughts on “SW Front Avenue, 1941

  1. Looks like they’re prepping for the new spaghetti on/off ramps from Everett Street, Harbor Drive and Front Avenue to the Steel bridge.

  2. This is the Steele bridge, and the Albers Mill sign next to the Broadway bridge is seen in the distance on the left side.
    The extension of Harbor Drive and Front Ave. stopped in 1942 because of WW 2 at approx. Ankeny St. and the ramps to the Steele bridge were not built until 1949-1950, the 1948 aerial view on Portland maps shows where the work ended in 1942.

  3. The original waterfront barrier that was going in at this time looked pretty nice and would have been a lot of work.
    The pavement looks dry in this photo with just a few wet muddy puddles scattered here and there. I would guess that this photo was taken in either September or October 1941, just a few months before the Pearl Harbour attack.
    Back in these days, I imagine most of these workers would have lunch pails stashed in their cars, and it looks like there were a few establishments nearby they could walk to get a bottled soft drink.
    Speaking of soft drinks, I’m always amazed at the number of old photographs that have ‘CocaCola’ signage somewhere in them; not only photos taken in American cities but foreign cities as well – quite a remarkable marketing, distribution success story.

  4. What I see here is cleared land just southwest of the Steel Bridge that’s being prepped for building Harbor Drive. Good close-up view of the bridge, which carries both auto and rail traffic (on two levels) across the river. I can swear that beyond the scaffolding of the bridge, just over on the east side, I see the long narrow building with the rectangular windows that tops the grain silos there alongside the river. It’s comforting to know that some things have been around “forever,” Today this area is a maze of on/off ramps leading to bridges and freeways. And then, of course, there the wonderful waterfront park and trail, providing perhaps a little peace and serenity amidst all this business.

  5. In the early part of 1943 this area was the site of a shipyard transportation hub which served the Swan Island, Oregon shipyard ( St. Johns) and Vancouver shipyard. Two surplus ferries Hayward and San Leandro that had operated in San Francisco were purchased and brought to Portland to ferry workers to the Swan Island and St. Johns yards from a ferry terminal at the foot of NW Davis with each ferry to have a passenger capacity of 3,500. The Vancouver yard was served by a train that left from the foot of NW Everett with a passenger capacity of 1,500. Both the ferries and train ran for all three shifts a each yard and the Oregonian & Oregon Journal had several stories regarding this service.

    This following is a sample of the schedule for train service on the “Vancouver Shipyard Limited” from the Oregonian February 28,1943 Page 21

    Day shift
    Leave NW Everett 7 am Arrive Vancouver 7:35 am
    Leave Vancouver 8:20 am Arrive NW Everett 9:00 am

  6. On the left is a portion of the Boss Saloon, at NW Front & NW Flanders. If you google image “Boss Saloon Portland Oregon” you can see more pictures of it.

  7. I know the photo of the Hawthorne Bridge is at the south end, but it is new to me. I always appreciate seeing photos of my old neighborhood. There are also many changes in the south accommodating Front Ave. and Harbor Drive.

  8. Johnny the west end ramps connecting the Steele Bridge to Harbor Drive and Front Ave. were completed and opened to traffic on Friday August 11, 1950.

  9. I love the picture of the reason for America to finish the Panama Canal project; it took to long for this Battleship to traverse around the tip of South American during the Spanish/American war to participate off Cuba.

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