12 thoughts on “N Broadway, 1973

  1. A few glimpses of what the vibrant neighborhood was all about before the Memorial Coliseum and area was built. Live and learn.

  2. The large Paramount Apt. building and the small building (1730 N. Flint) next to it, are still there.

  3. Today’s view of cloverleaf at 6 o’clock in today’s photo. It was expanded at comes out farther west.

  4. Anyone know what that white pole thing is with the black top in the lower right corner of the photo?

  5. Ah the Coliseum, many pre dawn hours waiting to buy concert tickets in that parking lot. Yes, that’s the way we used to do it…

  6. I guess history really does rhyme. Here’s what was happening in 1973:

    Even though this a British documentary, they filmed it here in Oregon.

  7. The Red Brick Building that wploulorenziprince featured in the ‘today’ shot that follows this entry is 240 N. Broadway. At one time it was considered for the National Register of Historic places for the part it played in the city’s black community. It had been designated as a historic resource by the city, but the current owners petitioned to delist it, which was scheduled to happen last week. That is normally the first step towards demolition.

    “The most celebrated nightclub in this entertainment strip was the Dude Ranch, a Western-themed venue at 240 N Broadway. 408 The club was co-owned by African Americans Sherman “Cowboy” Pickett and Charles “Pat” Patterson, as well as two White men. 409 “Pic and Pat,” as the African American owners were known to patrons, booked both local talent as well as nationally famous acts including Lionel Hampton, Jack McVea, Art Tatum, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, and the Nat “King” Cole Trio. 410 Although the club was open less than two years, it was popular amongst both White and Black citizens and was one of the few locations with an interracial staff. An officer-involved shooting, open gambling, or perhaps the mingling of races on the club’s dancefloor led Portland city officials to shut down the Dude Ranch in 1946, but it is still remembered for the quality and variety of bop, boogie-woogie, and jump performed within its walls.”

    The 2009 filing by the owners was pretty impressive, with lots of historic photos and documentation. It’s very bulky, but here’s a DropBox link to download it if you’re interested in seeing it:

  8. Tony Greiner, Thanks for your info on that brick building, lots of history has played out there…” if those bricks could talk…”

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