20 thoughts on “Delta Park, 1968

  1. That looks like a railroad bridge over the Columbia Slough, which is still there, but now there’s a Route 120 that runs parallel to it.
    I don’t know if the business next to the tracks was The Columbia Blvd. Waste Treatment Plant in this photo, but that’s what occupies that bit of land now.
    I’m guessing that the area in the center of this photo is the land that would later be converted into Heron Lake Golf Club.
    I’m also guessing that the two radio transmission towers roughly mark the path of where I-5 would eventually cut through from north to south.
    It must have been nice to walk around out here on a nice afternoon like when this photo was taken.

  2. I-5 was already there in 1968 Uplou– the Columbia River waste water plant is quite a bit west of there at 5001 N Columbia Blvd.

  3. With the completion on the Marquam bridge over the Willamette river the entire length of I-5 from California to Washington was dedicated on Octobr 22, 1966.

  4. If you look at a aerial view the Columbia Blvd treatment plant is just out of frame on the lower portion of the photo, or only about 1/2 mile.

  5. Fascinating photo. Thanks.
    wploulorenziprince. The radio towers were the directional antenna for, I believe, KGW AM, 620 kHz. Their transmitter shack is the white building to the north of the towers. The shack had an upside down rowboat on the roof, apparently a legacy of the Vanport flood. The antenna and shack have been removed, but bits of the antenna ground system are still in the ground out there.

  6. The railroad bridge in the photo has been replaced with a new one near the same location. Later in the year, when the water in the slough goes down, the sawed off pilings from the bridge in the photo will become visible.

    I believe the dusty area just south of the slough and east of the RR was a plant that manufactured calcium chloride which was used to manufacture acetylene, From other VP photos, that plant popped up in the early ’40’s, probably to support the local ship building industry.

  7. If you zoom in on the photo you can see Jantzen Beach Amusement Park out by the Interstate Bridge (upper left of photo). When it was built in 1928, Jantzen Beach was the largest amusement park in the country, covering 123 acres and was heralded as “Portland’s Million Dollar Playground.” The park’s huge rollercoaster, “The Big Dipper” is clearly visible. At one time it was the largest (55 ft. high) and “baddest” (close to 100 mph on one descent) rollercoaster on the West Coast. The park closed in 1970.

  8. Used to fish in the sloughs as a teenager in the early 1960s. The scars of Vanport were still quite visible. Foundations of the utility buildings that served every four 14 unit apartment buildings had not yet been removed. Found small items such as silverware and broken items.

    The large low building to the right of the radio towers is the East Vanport shopping center. This building still exists as the only surviving Vanport structure. Inside you can see the water marks from the flood. The building became a locker room for East Delta Park and is now used by the 0ark bureau. I think it should be designated a historic landmark for its background and an example of Wolfe and Phillip’s wartime atchitecture. Any volunteers?

  9. Air Liquide,
    Thanks, My bad. I actually own an acetylene generator that uses carbide. Should have known that.

  10. Ron K– The business just east of the railroad tracks at 9901 N Hurst (N Columbia Blvd & N Hurst) was called Pacific Carbide & Alloys. A 1969 plumbing permit & a 1943 job classified ad for this business were at this address.

  11. I spy with my golden eye, Portland speedway and Drive-in in the upper right corner. This was about 9700 NE Union. I think the Address was somewhere on Schmere Rd. Not sure what the track looking thing to the left of Portland Speedway. Could be some early form of Portland Meadows.? Appears to be no grandstands nor stalls.

  12. John, I’m also curious about that “track-looking thing” near Portland Speedway you referred to in your comment. In a 1947 aerial photo on Vintage Portland (Nov. 23, 2011) it wasn’t there — just an open field. But there it is in the ’68 aerial. And in that photo I can even see present-day N. Union Ct. curving down from NE MLK Jr. Blvd. adjacent to the track. Today that area is occupied by United Shippers, a trucking/container company.

  13. But of course; built on an extreme hazard zone very close to the Portland West Hills fault, and in the middle of one of the west coast’s most significant waterways to the Pacific. What could possibly go wrong here?

    patrick mcqueary >>> a good spot for a Nuclear power plant no emissions just steam from the cooling towers !

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