Multnomah Stadium, circa 1940

This aerial view shows the Multnomah Athletic Club and Multnomah Stadium as well as some of the surrounding area, circa 1940. On the right you can see SW 18th Avenue, while SW Salmon Street runs in front of the athletic club.


002.6793   Aerial View of Multnomah Stadium and the Multnomah Athletic Club

Aerial view of Multnomah Stadium and the Multnomah Athletic Club, circa 1940: A2004-002.6793


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SE 20th & Belmont, 1931

There’s an auto-related business on the northeast corner of SE 20th Avenue and Belmont Street today. Yesterday’s post showed there was one there in 1965, and today’s post shows there was one there in 1931 also. It might even be the same building still standing. The crew doing the sewer repair here seems to be doing it with a dusting of snow on the ground.

A2000-025.215  Sewer repair at SE 20th and Belmont 1931(City of Portland Archives)

NE 20th & Sandy, 1965

It seems as if some areas stubbornly refuse to change over the decades. NE 20th Avenue north from Sandy Blvd. is one of those places. That giant Jantzen billboard is gone but the fine old Jantzen building a block up at Glisan is still there.

A2005-001.944 NE 20th north from Sandy 1965(City of Portland Archives)

W Burnside & 20th, 1967

So much is the same and yet so much has changed in the last 46 years. This stretch of W. Burnside from about 20th Avenue looking west has mostly the same buildings as in 1967 but the signs and businesses have changed extensively. And you wouldn’t want to try to park along here anytime of the day or night now.

W Burnside and 20th Ave looking west 1967(City of Portland Archives)

NW Thurman & 20th, 1952

It’s still possible to stand on this spot at NW Thurman Street at 20th Avenue but you’d be standing under four lanes of US30 as it rushes overhead. This view looks at the southwest corner. Walk three blocks west to 23rd and Thurman and look at the southeast corner; it has a very similar look even today.

A2005-001.844 NW Thurman at 20th 1952(City of Portland Archives)

NE 20th & E Burnside, 1965

We’re not likely to see 29 cent gasoline again but amazingly enough, the Tip Top Cleaners is still on the corner of NE 20th and East Burnside. In fact beside some business name changes, this scene, looking south on 20th, has changed very little over the years.

(City of Portland Archives)