14 thoughts on “SW Capitol Highway, 1961

  1. This looks like Capitol Hwy. through Hillsdale in the late 1950s-1960, Right across the street from Lynch’s Market. My old stompin’ ground, since I went to Wilson High School. The photo is the north side of Capitol Hwy. a couple blocks west of the intersection with Sunset, where there used to be a Piggly Wiggly and across the street was Arnie Frutiger’s gas station and the Hillsdale Pharmacy.

  2. Also went to Wilson High (now Wells High). I’m sure that’s our neighbor’s 1957 Chev 210 parked in his office lot. I washed that car every so often.

  3. Wow! There’s been a lot of changes. Looks like Lynch’s Market is now Food Front Co-Op. Anyone recall Petterson’s Home Made Ice Cream shop there in Hillsdale, Delish! And yes, Jenkinson’s Bakery. I’m gettin’ hungry!

  4. Jenkinson’s Bakery made my wedding cake. They had a wonderful banana cake that I wanted. My mother about passed out at the mention of it. It had to be a while cake with white frosting. Still with I’d had the banana cake.

  5. It’s amusing to read of people’s fond childhood recollections of growing up in this area; something I didn’t do. I have similar recollections of other places. Nostalgia can be a very comforting thing.

    Nostalgia aside, when you see photos of how this area once looked – a peaceful homestead, a dairy farm, it is mighty discussing to see what commercialism has done to the landscape.

    Photos of homestead and dairy: https://www.portland.gov/sites/default/files/2020-01/hillsdale-town-center-1997.pdf

  6. Great photo and I too grew up in Hillsdale and went to the Country Cousin on SPECIAL occasions. This is before ‘fast food’ and CC was wonderful. I can see the old surry/buggy on top of the roof. This intersection is actually near the Mobil station (Papa John’s now) at Bertha Ct, Capitol Hwy and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway. The Oregon Willamette Lumber Corp became, John’s MeatMarket and Deli, then Ponchos, now Casa Colima.

  7. I remember going with my mom to get groceries at the Piggly Wiggly. She got two carts full for $20. I thought Wow, that’s a lot of money. How times have changed.

  8. I would never have thought that Casa Colima was once a lumber yard. But I always thought it was far bigger than it needed to be. Now it all makes sense.

  9. check out that turquoise and white 55’ Chevy convertible road sled with the continental kit, wide white walls and duel antennas… . It’s the real deal back in the day. Very Cool 😎 .

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