Steel Bridge Approaches, c1950

Harbor Drive approaches to and from the Steel Bridge are shown in this circa 1950 photo looking north. Front Street parallels Harbor Drive on the left and the intersection with the DeSoto and Blitz billboards is at Davis Street. Some of this roadwork still exists.

(City of Portland Archives)

Kamm House, 1950

The Jacob Kamm house is shown here on its move from its original site near SW 14th and Salmon, to where it now rests on SW 20th Avenue. This view is west on Salmon Street. The Zion Lutheran Church can be seen in the distance on the right, and the cluster of homes on the left of the image is still intact along SW Madison at 18th. This is another great photo sent by Bud Holland.

(Bud Holland)

NE Sandy & 40th, 1952

You could get it all along Northeast Sandy Blvd in the Hollywood district in 1952; stop in at the bank for some cash, then shop for jewelry, cameras, and even gowns, then treat yourself to an ice cream. If you still had energy left, you could get some exercise  at the YMCA.

(City of Portland Archives)

NW Lovejoy & 14th, 1952

Once upon a time NW Lovejoy Street was elevated, from NW 14th Avenue to the Broadway Bridge. This view looks east at 14th where the ramp took drivers over the (now gone) railroad tracks. That overhead portion was removed in the late 1990s and now the ramp to the bridge begins at 9th Avenue.

(City of Portland Archives)

NW 22nd & Vaughn, c1951

The houses on the northeast corner of NW 22nd and Vaughn are long gone; this corner is now the Vaughn Street exit from Highway 30. The building in the background labeled “Montgomery Ward Warehouse & Garage” is now the MotoCorsa motorcycle shop.

(City of Portland Archives)

Helm Building, c1955

The Helm building stood between the Packer-Scott building and the Burnside Bridge between Front and 1st Avenues. The Helm was the remaining portion of the 1877 Dekum & Reed block. The western half (shown here facing 1st Ave.) was destroyed by an explosion in 1968. The right-most cast-iron column is still attached to the northwest corner of the Packer-Scott building (Mercy Corps headquarters). Check it out next time you’re down at Saturday Market.

(University of Oregon Libraries)