12 thoughts on “W Burnside Street, 1967

  1. The firestone store there on the left was still there until quite recently. The building has been demolished. That was one of the last remaining remnants of West Burnside auto row. The only remaining part of that era is Jim Fisher volvo.

  2. I miss the Kienow’s that was on NE 33rd across the street from Fernwood middle school. I i sed to buy a lot of candy there after school back in the day! After Kienow’s it became a QFC then it went vacant and now it’s being transformed to a CVS

  3. The ugly and obtrusive 8 story marble box at SW 9th (now an AT&T building) was bad enough but then building heights became a corporate competition and the feel of the city really changed. Seeing what this view looked like before “Big Pink” (how cute) was built is makes you yearn for the bygone days.

    As anyone knows who’s lived in the city and used TriMet to get around, standing at a stop waiting for a bus anywhere along West Burnside in the shadow of these buildings is most unpleasant. The canyon of buildings in this area forms a wind tunnel and there’s never any sun here to warm things up. Then trees were added to clutter and dampen things up a bit more.

    Looks like the photographer hopped out of the car quickly and took this shot during a pause in the flow of traffic behind them due perhaps to a red light.

    The dirty car heading up Burnside behind the delivery truck looks like a 1959 Dodge Custom Royal d500. There are lots of familiar cars here, a Cadillac and a Ford something or other on a cross-street.

  4. benjamingoodling, I remember the original store that was in front, they built the store building that is presently there in the back parking lot of the old store and then tore down the old building when the new one was finished. The thing I remember the most about the old store were the 3 or 4 old wooden telephone booths that were to the right on the north wall when you came in the front door facing 33rd. The bakery display case was on the north wall also. I also remember walking with my mother to the store from our home on 31st and Siskyou. Quite a walk when you are 5 to 7 years old. When i was eight we finally got a second car so we quit walking to Kienow’s and drove to both it and the old Hollywood Fred Meyer store.

  5. After a deeper look I noticed the White Stag sign, then had thoughts of Erickson’s Saloon, most infamous for it’s “world’s longest bar. I imagined 1894 Flood, the party barge the owner, August, floated out front on Burnside, bobbing in the overflowing Willamette, as the locals paddled up for front row drinks and a buoyant burlesque show, buying pints of Henry Weinhard’s for a nickel. An amazing place. Despite all it’s debauchery and drunkenness, it was also known as the House of Nations for it’s willingness to serve all people of all backgrounds. Another rule made it forbidden to discuss religion or politics. Imagine, people of many colors, drinking and singing, and no one could interrupt the party with their own agenda or bigoted beliefs. Drunks that did met the fists of ferocious bouncers and the street face first.

  6. Kienows: “the friendliest stores in town”…
    The building on the right for years housed Lewis J. Rains, The Print Shop

  7. The business on the right (this side of the awning) was The Print Shop. I would have been working there when this photo was taken.

  8. The building on the left is the offices of Powell’s Books. Before it was a bank and before that as another auto sales room, on the first floor, and a garage on the 2nd (you can see the bollards that were between the Burnside garage entry that is, now, a mural).
    There was a lot of 1st flooring, now covered, of terrazzo, which seems to be the preferred finish for auto pavilions (like at Powell’s Books in the Green Room and the Coffee Room).

  9. the bldg on the left at the corner was the KISN Radio station, you could watch the DJ’s spin the platters.

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