16 thoughts on “NW 107th Avenue, 1966

  1. House is still there. In ’66, the Linnton Plywood Mill was running strong. On Friday nights, after a 40 hr week, you could go over to the Lighthouse and get lit.

  2. Interesting area. If you look at NW 107th NW 108th and NW 109th in Linnton near NW 2nd You’ll see there is no street there. At this point its just stairs. Only places in Portland that I know of where that happens. There are about 6 homes addressed off of NW 107th near 2nd that are like that. it’s not just a sign put there. It is an actual street –you just can’t drive on it. Same thing with NW 108th and NW 109th. Check it on street view and Portland Maps.

  3. Just a guess. When the big shake comes that house is going to be “east bound and down”. Cutting out that parking spot did nothing to improve it’s chances.
    Not wishing anyone hard luck, just a observation.

  4. Portland Maps list this as a duplex dating to 1915, and a 1917 plumbing permit shows the owner as Clark-Wilson Lumber Company. Clark-Wilson Lumber Co. purchased land along the river in 1905 and operated a sawmill on the site until it burned down in 1947, but the saw mill was replaced with a plywood mill in 1951. This duplex may have been company owner housing for mill workers.

  5. @Mike: the street Southwest Lowell is like this. It is at about 4100 SW View Point Terrace, just west of and above Barbur Blvd. There is a right-of-way but it is too steep to be a street. There is a sidewalk and stairs down to Barbur and there are about 3 houses with addresses on Lowell that are accessed by the sidewalk.

  6. Regarding earthquakes, no building is guaranteed to be unaffected by one. I’d say the big house in the photo would withstand a shaker pretty well; I could see the roadway possibly sliding down onto 30 eastbound, but not the house so much. It’s the houses perched on hillsides of the SW hills on stilts that will come down in “the big one”.

    The big house has some nice unobstructed views going for it, but I’d prefer to have a house one street south of it. I wouldn’t want to have all the auto and truck exhaust wafting up into my place during morning and evening rush hours. Of course, the fumes do travel, so no house here would be fume-free. This is still kind of a cool little pocket area of some fine old homes.

    I can’t make out the letters on the box truck heading west on 30; possibly “TANDY” as in Radio Shack? Just a wild guess.

  7. Just a guess, but all that new cement on the bottom steps, and the way the house was left so close to the edge – that’s not original. They widened the road coming up off 30 and left that house with the minimum foundation. If it wasn’t basalt under there, it would have slid down a long time ago.

  8. What I notice is the SP&S railroad gondola chip cars. Appropriately they are on the SP&S “A” line…to Astoria. These rail cars were unique to the Northwest, modified to haul wood chips from, in this case, Linnton Ply, to area paper mills. SP&S parent lines Great Northern and Northern Pacific built many of their cars from scratch; all steel construction, at Gunderson Brothers in Portland. The SP&S had to mostly make do with cars with wooden sides added.

  9. When did the US 30 Portland-Astoria segment first get paved/completed?

    @Ron: I’m guessing you know this, but maybe for others…several SP&A cars are on display at Camp 18 along Hwy 26. The railroad and lumber relics there are like looking at a time machine of imaginary memories and stories. To me. 🙂

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