10 thoughts on “Holladay Park, 1971

  1. The surrounding landscape outside the park has greatly changed in the past 50 years but from the placement of the sun/shadows, I would guess this was taken at NE 13th Ave. & NE Multnomah St. across from Lloyd Center which opened on 8-1-1960 as a 100 store open-air configuration (Largest Mall in the Pacific Northwest at the time). In 1972 the mall underwent another expansion. Ideas for Lloyd Center were conceived as early as 1923. The mall was named after southern Californian oil company executive Ralph B. Lloyd (1875–1953) who wished to build an area of self-sufficiency that included stores and residential locations.

    On Dec. 1, 1969, the newly created Tri-Met took over transit operations from Rose City Transit.

    The covered bus stop pictured here is certainly generous in its overhead coverage. The seating looks a bit weird in the photo like there was a park bench-type seat originally and then a larger bench seat was placed in front of it.

  2. Caught the bus here many times as a young teen. We had to transfer in Hollywood to the Sandy bus. We loved going to Lloyd Center – so bright and “modern.” We’d walk around for ages trying to decide how to spend our hard-earned babysitting money. Such a great -and safe – way for kids to feel independent.

  3. One, if Lloyd Center wasn’t the largest mall in the country on Aug 1, 1960, what mall had more square footage and/or stores?

    Two, Ben Holladay, what a character! First, I wonder if his family knew Captain William Clark’s before leaving Kentucky. Two, the business savvy! From war surplus mercantilist to mail-freight mogul to railroad baron! Making over a million bucks a year starting in the 1860’s!!! And, every notable Portlander and Oregonian from that era was either a friend or foe, but often both! Because Ben was a hardcore partier, always throwing ridiculously lavish parties. Imagine the cigars and gowns, the pomp and Victorian flare, the horse carriages and roses, whiskeys and wines, champagne huzzahs and chamber musicians! Multiple mansions on both coasts! He lived up to his name until he went belly up and died flat broke. But, what a life, and I bet it was worth every memory. And every party.

  4. Holladay Park use to be where the cultural portion of Rose Festival was held with the food venders on 13th ave and the rides and games in the parking lot that is on the east side of 13th; then they moved it to water front park and it’s down hill ever since.

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