Industrial smoke was apparently a sign of a strong and vibrant city a century ago. Real estate man R.L. Cate certainly played up what we’d consider pollution today in his richly illustrated ad, calling particular attention to timber, hops and wool.
Portland stretches out from the west side to Mt. Hood in the distance in this nice 1965 aerial photo. It was a dynamic time for the city; I-5 was under construction in Northeast and North Portland and Lloyd Center and the Memorial Coliseum were recently completed. On the west side, the South Auditorium Urban Renewal District had leveled South Portland but demolition had not yet begun for I-405. The Marquam Bridge piers take shape crossing the Willamette.
Another spectacular aerial view overlooking downtown Portland and all the way east to Mount Hood. The downtown core was ringed by freeways in the late 1960s but I-405 was not complete yet; there’s still a temporary bypass at West Burnside over the excavated freeway. The Vista Ridge tunnels would be completed in 1969 and 1970, alleviating traffic under the Vista Avenue Viaduct and on SW Jefferson Street (lower right).