Here is another view of the Memorial Coliseum site before construction. We saw the same sight in a previous post from a different angle. Notice the housing along the waterfront that has not yet been demolished to make way for the coming Thunderbird Motel.
An aerial view of downtown Portland, circa 1965. The Journal Building, Morrison Bridge, Burnside Bridge, Broadway Bridge, Steel Bridge, Memorial Coliseum, City Hall, Hotel Lennox, and the Boilermakers Union are all visible.
This aerial from 1935, gives us a great view of the ships arriving at the Portland waterfront for the rose festival. In this image we see the old (second) Morrison Bridge, the Burnside Bridge, and the Steel Bridge. This is a wonderful example of what the waterfront once looked like before the waterfront park existed.
Aerial view of ships arriving for the Rose Festival in downtown Portland, 1935 : A2005-005.1396.3
In the late spring of 1948, Portland experienced a terrible flood, commonly referred to as the Vanport Flood. This photograph of the Steel Bridge was taken May 28th, just two days before the dike that was holding back the Columbia River broke and flooded Vanport. At this point you can see that the water was already up to the bottom of the Steel Bridge.
Flood water beneath the Steel Bridge, May 28, 1948 : A1999-004.1013