N. Denver & N. Interstate, 1947

Lots of great detail in this 1947 aerial photo looking northeast over N. Interstate and Denver Avenues. The Kenton Hotel is at lower-center, and Portland Meadows racetrack is at upper-right. Vanport, on the upper-left edge, would be destroyed in a flood the next year.

(City of Portland Archives)

Jantzen Beach, 1950

1950 was just about in the middle of Jantzen Beach’s time in Portland. “The Coney Island of the West” opened in 1928 and closed in 1970. This aerial photo looks east with the Interstate Bridge in the background.

(City of Portland Archives)

Jantzen Beach Amusement Park, 1936

This 1936 aerial view shows the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park on Hayden Island. The park opened in 1928 and at the time was the largest amusement park in the nation. The photo is oriented with southwest at the top. The natatorium is next to the part of the Interstate Bridge (then only one span wide) that crosses North Portland Harbor, while the roller coaster is clearly visible near the bottom. The park closed in 1970 and is now the site of Jantzen Beach shopping mall.

(City of Portland Archives)