Southwest Waterfront, 1938

Today’s South Waterfront area is trendy and expensive. Three-quarters of a century ago it was a huge expanse of Portland’s industrial waterfront. Schnitzer and Zidell, still big names in Portland industry, both got their starts here. The battleship USS Oregon was on display just south of the Hawthorne Bridge.

A2010-001.131 Aerial of SW Waterfront 1938(City of Portland Archives)

USS Philadelphia, 1939

It was perhaps Rose Festival Fleet Week that brought the USS Philadelphia to Portland in 1939. The light cruiser is tied up along the seawall at the foot of SW Salmon St. in front of the old Public Market building.

(City of Portland Archives)