Engine 21, 1916

Engine 21 and crew on SW 5th Avenue and SW Oak Street, heading to a fire, 1916. The engine is a 1913 Pope Hartford with a right side steering wheel. Captain William Heath is in the passenger seat. The car behind the engine is a chief’s vehicle.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, Engine 21 and crew on SW 5th and Oak heading to a fire, A2001-083, 1916.


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SW 1st & Oak, c1950s

The Failing Building, on the northwest corner of SW 1st and Oak Street, looks much the same here in the 1950s as it did when constructed in 1886. Besides paint and signage, it’s still largely intact today, a fine example of 19th Century architecture with cast-iron details.

failing building c1950s 8131(University of Oregon Libraries)