Portland Aerial View, 1963

Here’s a pretty aerial view of Southwest and Southeast Portland along the Willamette in 1963. The Marquam Bridge was still under construction and both banks of the river were generally much more industrialized than they are now. Lots of good detail to soak up in this beauty.

A2004-001.1012 Marquam bridge under construction 1963(City of Portland Archives)

SW Front Ave & Harbor Drive, 1970

This could almost be mistaken for Tom McCall Waterfront Park today except SW Harbor Drive was still in place along the riverfront in this 1970 photo. Before the park was built this was just a grassy piece of land between Harbor Drive and Front Street on the left.

A2000-006.196 SW Front north from south of Morrison Bridge 1970(City of Portland Archives)

Westside Seawall Sandbagging, 1948

Pedestrians along the westside seawall check out river levels during the 1948 flood. A little farther north city crews are hard at work continuing sandbagging operations to prevent flooding along SW Harbor Drive. This view is looking north from the Morrison Bridge sidewalk.

A1999-004.1024 Flood control sandbagging seawall and Morrison Bridge 1948(City of Portland Archives)

Harbor Drive Construction, 1947

Crews in 1947 work on the SW Harbor Drive overpass over SW Arthur Street, widening Harbor Dr. and building connections to the Ross Island Bridge. This section of roadway is now SW Naito Parkway and the view is to the southeast. Maybe half of the buildings we see here are still intact.

A2005-001.257 SW Harbor Dr at Arthur and Kelly southeast 1947(City of Portland Archives)

Aerial of Downtown, 1938

This 1938 aerial image of downtown shows an artist’s rendering along the west side waterfront. It was probably used as a device to envision placement of Harbor Drive. This particular version left intact the Portland Public Market building on the right.

A2010-001.104 Aerial of SW Waterfront centered on the Public Market 1938(City of Portland Archives)

Morrison Bridge Construction, 1957

Footings for the new Morrison Bridge are being constructed next to the old bridge in this 1957 photo. The view is looking east across the ramp approaches crossing SW 1st Avenue, Front and then Harbor Drive, visible in the distance.

(City of Portland Archives)