Stephens Substation, c1930

Stephens Substation was part of the complex of six buildings that made up the Portland General Electric Company Station “L” Group. Station “L” was donated to Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in 1986. Still retained by PGE as an active distribution substation, Stephens Substation stands across SE Water Ave from OMSI’s planetarium.

(Library of Congress)

Marquam Bridge Construction, 1964

It’s almost hard to imagine today’s Riverplace and South Waterfront areas looked like this almost a half century ago. Construction of the west end of the Marquam Bridge passed over property that had seen highly industrial riverfront activity since Portland’s founding over a hundred years prior to this. The area once covered by Alaska Steel is still largely undeveloped but the SW Moody Project and TriMet’s light rail line signal further development.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW Broadway, 1950s

Thanks to VP fan Ryan for sending this super color postcard showing a rainy night on SW Broadway in the 1950s. This view is south from Washington Street and while the signage has changed drastically, the buildings on the west side are all pretty much intact today.


SW Broadway & Morrison, 1964

These gentlemen were busy striping the crosswalk on SW Morrison at Broadway on a sunny day in 1964. The Nordstrom store would later move south across Morrison, and the high-rise Marriott Hotel would replace the two-story building two blocks down on the east side of Broadway at Washington.

(City of Portland Archives)