9 thoughts on “Lower Albina, circa 1928

  1. The Union Pacific Roundhouse facilities were running at full steam in 1928. By 1958, the roundhouse would be cut in half with many of the surrounding buildings gone. Times were changing. I almost got a job at UP here, as a welder building boxcars in 1981. But it wasn’t meant to be, so I went to college instead. What a great photo. TY VP!

  2. I can see what is now Widmer Brewing at Russell and Interstate and a few other commercial buildings nearby. Emanuel seems to be just off the right side of the photo.

  3. The large strip of cleared land in the center upper third of the photo looks like it may be an [new] extension of N. Interstate Ave., in the general vicinity of where Kaiser Interstate Campus is now located, in and across from Overlook Park.
    The sizable, prominent railway turntable seen here in the south end of the rail yard cab still be seen on Google aerial views, today.
    Wow, N. Greely Ave. seen in this photo winding along the eastern boundary of the rail yard has been around a long time.
    The Great Depression was looming on the horizon…on the infamous Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, when more than 16 million stocks were traded. The stock market ultimately lost $14 billion that day.

    The stock market crash crippled the American economy because not only had individual investors put their money into stocks, so did businesses. When the stock market crashed, businesses lost their money. Consumers also lost their money because many banks had invested their money without their permission or knowledge.

    Even after the stock market collapse, however, politicians and industry leaders continued to issue optimistic predictions for the nation’s economy. But the Depression deepened, confidence evaporated and many lost their life savings. By 1933 the value of stocks on the New York Stock Exchange was less than a fifth of what it had been at its peak in 1929. Business houses closed their doors, factories shut down and banks failed. Farm income fell some 50 percent. By 1932 approximately one out of every four Americans was unemployed.

  4. Does anyone have any information on who might have owned the baseball field? Boy, that left of center home run was a real challenge.

  5. Great photo of the U.P. Roundhouse, 1928 — a hubbub of rail transportation activity in Portland at the time. Vlad, I can imagine all kinds of rousing sandlot baseball games taking place on that lot by the rail yards! Yeah, what a home run challenge that field would’ve been! And Chris Slama, thanks for sharing that 1928 video of an exciting youth baseball game in Central Park. Made my day! I especially enjoyed the boy yelling “C’mon, take the lead outta yer pants.” Lotsa fun.

  6. My grandfather built his home on NE Morris between Williams and Rodney in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. It was across the street from Immaculata. My mother was born there in 1904 and as she grew up she could go to the attic and see the nuns playing. Two of Grandpa’s brothers also built their homes on that street.

  7. I can see Boise Eliot School in the upper right. It looks like Fremont St. ran clear west to Interstate Ave.
    It’s interesting to see the Interstate/Greeley intersection too, before the freeways.

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