We might as well finish this intersection since we’ve looked at two other corners this week and this one in 2010. Today we’re looking from west-to-east on SE Powell Blvd. at 82nd Avenue.
There are many classic signs to be savored in this 1939 photo of a popular Portland intersection; the Wentworth & Irwin logo at far left is a beauty. The view is east on W Burnside and 10th Avenue, with SW Oak angling off to the right. I believe you can see one of the surviving “Great Light Way” arches down Oak at 3rd Street.
Earlier we had looked at the busy N. Broadway and Larrabee intersection from 1937. This view is from the same year but a different angle, this time looking south on Larrabee. It seems like a far less busy and a smaller intersection from this vantage point. Today you would be looking at Memorial Coliseum straight down Larrabee and a bit of a view of downtown Portland over the Signal station booth.
You can see this area in a little wider context at the east end of the Broadway Bridge in this photo. At some point, Larrabee became Interstate north of Broadway. Interstate was later routed to the west, under the Broadway Bridge ramp, and this became Larrabee again.
Coming off the Broadway Bridge eastbound looks surprisingly the same now as it did in 1937 considering the massive changes that this area have undergone. Looking to the right from this spot today would show those changes in the form of Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Garden arena. Note the “Subway” entrances, what I assume to be underground street crossings. Click here to see an aerial photo of this intersection and surrounding area from 1948.