West Side Flood Waters, 1948

The spring flood of 1948 affected most of the properties east of SW Moody Avenue near the Ross Island Bridge. This area is now the heart of the South Waterfront district.

A1999-004.1106 flood waters west side near Ross Island Bridge 1948(City of Portland Archives)

Harbor Drive & SW Jefferson, 1949

Sit in this spot on the Fourth of July weekend this year and you’ll be enjoying the Waterfront Blues Festival, but in 1949 you were dodging traffic. This is Harbor Drive at the foot of SW Jefferson, looking north to the Hawthorne Bridge.

(City of Portland Archives)