NE Union Avenue, 1934

NE Union Avenue (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) and NE Columbia Boulevard looking south, February 8, 1934. The Interstate Auto campground and Gustin’s Tires are both visible.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.1532

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.1532


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Questionable Location, c1932

This circa 1932 photo is labeled as “SE 50th, Foster & Powell” but it doesn’t seem to match any previous photos we’ve seen of that location. We need some VP sleuths to confirm this location or to identify the real location. Good luck!

Update: This location is correct. The view is looking west on SE Powell with 50th (and the Foster Road trolley tracks) crossing in front of us. Trees up ahead indicate Creston Park. Good work everyone!

A2009-009.900 SE 50th, Foster & Powell c1932(City of Portland Archives)

W Burnside & N 8th, 1928

Any evidence of these buildings along West Burnside at N. (now NW) 8th Avenue disappeared decades ago. With the exception of the Park Blocks to the immediate left, this is the last full block of Burnside to be widened in the early 1930s; that project would have taken 20 feet off these buildings. A modern residential high-rise sits on this site now.

W Burnside and N Eighth 1928(City of Portland Archives)

SE 17th & Powell, 1954

Before SE Powell was excavated to pass under 17th Avenue, the two streets, and railroad tracks, met at the same grade. This 1954 photos shows that intersection looking north on 17th. This aerial view from 1965 puts the intersection into perspective.

(City of Portland Archives)

NE Killingsworth & 30th, 1954

Add some color and a few newer cars to this photo and it wouldn’t look much different today. This view west on NE Killingsworth at 30th Avenue has many different signs but the basics are still there.

(City of Portland Archives)

NE Alberta & 15th, 1954

Decades before NE Alberta Street became a funky shopping and dining area, it was just another Portland neighborhood artery. This photo shows what Alberta looking west at NE 15th Avenue was like in 1954. The stylish gent posing on the sidewalk may have been foretelling how hip the street would become.

(City of Portland Archives)