Rocky Butte Jail, 1950

Oregon is home to many archives, most rich with collections documenting Oregon’s history. In order to highlight some of these collections containing Portland-area images, Vintage Portland has invited photo submissions from other archives within the region. Today’s photo and text is provided by the Multnomah County Archives.

Rocky Butte Jail began receiving prisoners in 1942 and served as the primary county jail until it was demolished in 1983 to make way for I-205 construction. It stood at the current confluence of I-84 and I-205. Most of the stonework in the jail was repurposed in the Columbia River Highway restoration. This Sheriff’s Office photo dates from 1950.

 

Rocky Butte Jail, 1950

Rocky Butte Jail, 1950

 

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