4th Avenue Extension, 1933

The clearing process in the 4th Avenue extension, now SW Barbur Boulevard. This view is looking south along SW Barbur Boulevard (the 4th Avenue extension) toward SW Arthur Street, showing where old train trestle had been torn down, 1933.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A1999-004.451

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A1999-004.451


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South Portland and Waterfront, 1938

An exceptionally clear image of the area between Duniway Park and the Ross Island Bridge in South Portland in 1938. The 4th Avenue (Barbur Blvd.) extension was complete but Harbor Drive (and I-5) were still in the future.

A2010-001.91   Aerial view of SW waterfront 1938(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)

SW 4th-SW Arthur Undercrossing, 1958

This appears to be an artists depiction of a proposed extention of SW 6th Avenue, with an undercrossing under 4th Avenue, connecting to Arthur Street. This scheme never materialized, but a few years later I-405 would cut across the upper right portion of this area. Duniway Park is at lower left. Here is a similar view from the same year, but without as much detail.

(City of Portland Archives)

Aerial, SW Arthur & 2nd, 1950

There was some discussion after last Wednesday’s post about SW Arthur winding down from 4th to 1st Avenue. I’ve excerpted that general area from an aerial survey photo to illustrate what this area looked like in 1950. Duniway Park is center-left and the north-south boundaries are roughly SW Lincoln and SW Woods. I-405 will eventually cut a swath across the top third of this area.

(City of Portland Archives)