Wartime Housing Projects, 1945

This 1945 aerial photo looking northeast shows three wartime housing projects in North Portland, primarily for Portland and Vancouver shipyard workers. At center is Columbia Villa, beyond that is University Homes, and across the Columbia Slough at upper left is Vanport City. The Interstate Bridge to Vancouver can be seen beyond Vanport. All three housing projects are long gone and the land redeveloped.

(City of Portland Archives)

Vanport Entrance, 1944

Last wednesday’s aerial photo of North Portland showed a tiny sliver of Vanport in the upper left edge. Here’s another sliver of the same area, closer and from a different perspective. This photo looks southwest at the Denver Avenue entrance to the housing development for wartime shipyard workers. Today there’s a small rise in the area just to the right of the start of the main straightaway at Portland International Raceway; the water tower once stood about there.

(City of Portland Archives)