18 thoughts on “NW 3rd Avenue, circa 1965

  1. Igor the VP photo and your streerview photo are the same location. This is NW corner of W Burnside & NW 3rd. The Union Gospel Mission building was built in 2006

  2. When talking about demographics the North End, Tenderloin, Old town hasn’t changed ever in Portland. Same as it ever was.

  3. 1965. So by that year the new green and white street signs had replaced the old blue and white street signs. That’s about the time frame that I was thinking was correct.

  4. Looks like this corner was a popular gathering spot for older men sporting hats. Perhaps they are waiting for Ethel’s Cafe to open (a produce delivery is in progress) and they’re just hanging out at the corner because it a sunny spot.
    My grandparents had a 1964 Chevy Impala like the one parked at the corner (one of the first cars I ever drove).
    Help! I can’t place the 4 door car parked in front of the delivery truck. I think I think it’s 1965 (Nash, Rambler, AMC?) but I can’t seem to find tail lights like this online.

  5. Wow DJ! I’d forgotten about MD 20-20! It was always a joke to say something about drinking a bottle of “Mad Dog” and wanting to suddenly break glass somewhere!

  6. Thanks Old Portlander! That’s a brand I hadn’t considered…got hung-up on the other brands.

  7. Growing up in Portland in the 1940s-50s, 3rd & Burnside was Portland’s Skid Row. Now it’s the Pearl, with a Whole Foods market, Powell’s Books, and trendy art galleries and bistros. However, In the time frame I’m referring to, there were rescue missions, soup kitchens, flop houses (cheap rooming hotels), and lots of older men standing around on street corners, most of them unemployed. It was also a very interesting neighborhood with Chinese grocers and restaurants, Skidmore Fountain and aged buildings, and sailors and dockworkers hanging around the streets. As a kid I thought “There’s lots of stories here that need to be told!” Does anyone recall the huge, neon-lit JESUS SAVES sign above the rescue mission visible for several blocks? I think the building which it topped is still there. Was that at 3rd or 5th & Burnside? (north side of Burnside)

  8. Jesus The Light of the World sign was on SW 6th Ave and Burnside when removed in early 1980s.

  9. Robin– The large neon sign was on the Apostolic Faith Church building on the Northeast corner of W. Burnside & NW 6th. The building was sold in 1981 and is now the Roseland Theater. The Oregonian has a photo of the 60 foot sign being removed on July 1, 1981. The sign had a large star at the top with “JESUS” below the star, and under that “The Light of The World”

  10. THE OLD BRICK & STONE ART DECO BUILDING IS BETTER LOOKING WISH IT COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED SOME HOW ! THE NEW BUILDING IS TOO CONTEMPORANEITY LOOKING THEY TRY TO MAKE IT VINTAGE LOOKING IT DOSE NOT WORK OUT IT JUST DOSENT LOOK RIGHT TO ME

  11. blue and white porcelain enameled street sings are cool never fade quality why the city replaced them with cheap flimsy aluminum ones all never know !! porcelain enameled is a very strong baked on ceramic finish over hard metal made to last !

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