Workers at the Portland Railway, Light and Power Sellwood Division carbarn pose in front of the Oregon City and Estacada trolley cars. The Sellwood carbarn was at SE 13th Avenue just south of Linn Street. Thanks to Gary Kyle for sending this photo from his personal collection; the man standing at far right, 2nd row (in white shirt, brimmed hat and overalls) was his grandfather.
That building on the east side of NE Union Avenue at the end of Russell Street today is a blank wall of sheet metal paneling; this 1937 photo shows the storefronts underneath the paneling. The old grocery/soda fountain on the right is also a nondescript commercial building today. The corner doesn’t have as much character as it once did.
Fourth Street, now SW 4th Avenue, looked impressively wide in this 1907 image looking south through Stark Street. Pantages Theater was on the southwest corner and the extant 1898 Oregon Pacific Building can be seen another block down on the right. The tall building on the immediate left is the Chamber of Commerce building.
A few of the buildings shown here looking south on NW 16th from Overton still remain; the brick A.G. Long building, the present-day Slabtown building and the Bjelland Apartments at Lovejoy. And I have a feeling all those rails and cobblestones are still under 16th Avenue’s surface today.
This nice old brick trolley car barn is one of two that stood side-by-side between E. Burnside and NE Couch just west of NE 28th Avenue. It’s unknown when the eastern building was torn down but this one is still in use as an office building. They were part of the Portland Traction Company’s car barn and “trackless trolley bus yard” complex. This view is from Burnside looking north.