10 thoughts on “W Burnside Street, circa 1932

  1. The poster seen in this photo on the left is an advertisement for the 1932 Pacific International Livestock Exhibition which was an annual event that took place in Portland Oregon, beginning around 1910. O. M. Plummer was the exposition’s long-time organizer and manager up to 1945. The exposition was housed in a complex of halls in North Portland on the present Marine Drive. During World War II the buildings were used as an assembly center for Japanese Americans being sent to internment camps. Here is a link to the Oregon Historical Society page that has a photo of a bull at the 1932 exhibition: https://digitalcollections.ohs.org/bull-probably-at-livestock-show-4

    It’s interesting to see that there was once a service station on the North corner of W Burnside across from the park.

    There’s a sharp-looking young man in a business suit watching/listening to the truck driver and shovel operator doing their work.

  2. Once in a while VP will drop a picture here that when I zoom in I really feel like I’m in old Portland. This is a fantastic example. Thanks VP, I love it.

  3. Neat photo; lots of action here! If you zoom in on the left side of the photo, the older man wearing a fedora sitting on the park bench, looks like he’s enjoying watching what’s going on. Across the street from him, on the corner, is a “filling” (gas) station with those old-fashioned visible gas pumps.

  4. The VP photo from January 9, 2013 shows this work area looking West for the widening of W Burnside to the North Park Blocks in 1933.
    The VP photo from January 10, 2013 shows the finished widening of W Burnside looking West in 1934.

  5. The building on the right, still there today (the Lowengart building, today the Ankeny Square Apartments), is seen before it lost a significant part of it’s northern side to make room for the widening of Burnside. In the photo you can see the section closet to Burnside has been stripped in preparation for removal while the exterior walls to the south of the 2nd column remain.

    To see the dramatic change to the building, see the photos Dennis mentions above.

  6. I agree with Chris. Cool details everywhere. Top right, I like the guy standing on top of the building operating the pulley–looks like they just sent debris down the drop chute, judging by the dust cloud below. Right next to the restrooms in the 1913 pic two days ago.

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