NE Union & Ainsworth, 1937

There was plenty of gas to be found on the corner of NE Union Avenue and Ainsworth Street in 1937. Texaco and Gilmore stations could fill your tank, top up your oil, water and air, provide new tires or service your pre-war vehicle. You can get a Starbucks coffee or Popeye’s chicken here today. This view is southbound on Union.

(City of Portland Archives)

N Vancouver & Fremont, 1937

Richfield and Gilmore service stations once adroned two of the corners at N. Vancouver Ave. and Fremont Street. I wonder if Webb’s “The Tavern” was actually in the Richfield station.

(City of Portland Archives)

NE Ainsworth & Union, 1937

This sturdy little building at NE Ainsworth & Union Avenue no longer exists but in 1937 it was home to a neighborhood grocery store with Helen’s Beauty Salon and a dentist upstairs. It looks like the doors could be opened for an open-air market feel.

(City of Portland Archives)