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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Union Avenue, 1932

This photograph of Union Avenue [Martin Luther King Jr Blvd] and Killingsworth Street was taken January 4, 1932.

 

Bank building at Union Avenue [Martin Luther King Jr Blvd] and Killingsworth Avenue, Jan. 4, 1932: A2004-001.664

Union Avenue [Martin Luther King Jr Blvd] and Killingsworth Avenue, Jan. 4, 1932: A2004-001.664

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E Burnside Street, 1934

E Burnside Street at 8th Avenue is looking west. The view from this location today is very similar to the one we see in this 1934 photograph.

 

Arcaded building at East 8th and East Burnside Street, Jan. 4, 1932: A2004-001.621

Arcaded building at East 8th and East Burnside Street, Jan. 4, 1932: A2004-001.621

 

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