Rocky Butte Jail, 1950

Oregon is home to many archives, most rich with collections documenting Oregon’s history. In order to highlight some of these collections containing Portland-area images, Vintage Portland has invited photo submissions from other archives within the region. Today’s photo and text is provided by the Multnomah County Archives.

Rocky Butte Jail began receiving prisoners in 1942 and served as the primary county jail until it was demolished in 1983 to make way for I-205 construction. It stood at the current confluence of I-84 and I-205. Most of the stonework in the jail was repurposed in the Columbia River Highway restoration. This Sheriff’s Office photo dates from 1950.

 

Rocky Butte Jail, 1950

Rocky Butte Jail, 1950

 

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Rocky Butte, circa 1948

Today we have an image of the Joseph Wood Hill Park, sent to us by David Lewis. This is an oblique aerial photograph of Rocky Butte, one of Portland’s most significant viewpoints. It is believed that this image was taken in June of 1948.

One wonders what has brought everyone to the summit. Possibly to view the flooding that took place that year. The view is looking southwest. Please click here for more information on the park.

Rocky Butte Viewpoint 1948 : David Lewis

Rocky Butte Viewpoint 1948 : David Lewis

NE 82nd Avenue, 1916

NE 82nd Avenue, looking northeast from the corner of NE Halsey Street and NE 82nd Avenue, September 28, 1916. Rocky Butte is in the background.

 

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, NE 82nd Ave looking north to Rocky Butte from Halsey, A2005-005, 1916

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, NE 82nd Ave looking north to Rocky Butte from Halsey, A2005-005, 1916

 

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