Multnomah Historical Association

Multnomah Days Pet Parade participants, ca. 1950. 0

Multnomah Days

The annual Multnomah Days celebration began in the 1920s when Multnomah merchants decided to have an annual city-wide sale. Then, it was just a sale, the big annual parade and celebrations were on Independence Day. In the 1950s the event was renamed Chief Multnomah Days, a parade and celebrations were...

Multnomah Merchants Celebrate Chief Multnomah Days, ca. 1958. 0

Multnomah Days

The annual Multnomah Days celebration began in the 1920s when Multnomah merchants decided to have an annual city-wide sale. Then, it was just a sale, the big annual parade and celebrations were on Independence Day. In the 1950s the event was renamed Chief Multnomah Days, a parade and celebrations were...

Bruce Edwards & Multnomah Transit Company Bus at the intersection of SW Capitol Highway & SW 30th. 0

Multnomah Transit Company

Today’s photo also comes from a recent donation by Jean Mangrum.  The photos come from Jean’s grandmother’s photo album.  Jean’s grandparents moved to Multnomah in the late 1920s. In the early 1920s, Jean’s great uncles, Chester and Bruce Edwards, started the Portland – Multnomah Stage Company, later the Multnomah Transit...

Capitol Highway, January 1929. Photo courtesy Jean Mangrum. 0

2603 City Avenue – Part 2

In the last post I posted pictures donated by Jean Mangrum, including the one below, and asked whether anyone recognized the houses in the photo, or knew the name of the former City Avenue.  Sorry to have kept you waiting three weeks. City Avenue is now SW Miles Street, and...

Capitol Highway, January 1929. Photo courtesy Jean Mangrum. 3

2603 City Avenue

Today’s photos come from a recent donation by Jean Mangrum.  The photos come from Jean’s grandmother’s photo album.  Jean’s grandparents moved to Multnomah in the late 1920s, and resided at 2903 City Avenue.   Two of Jean’s Uncles, Chester and Bruce Edwards, owned several bus lines, including one that ran...

Independence Day in Multnomah, ca. 1919. 0

Independence Day

Note not only the American flags on buildings and cars, but the flags of other nations draped across Capitol Highway. We think this photo was taken in 1919 because it was with a group of other photos from 1919. It is suggested that it may be from 1918 (WWI) because...

Fairvale Grocery, ca. 1921. 0

Fairvale Grocery

In 1921 the Fairvale Grocery, owned by Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Rogers, occupied two acres on the northwest comer of S. W. Shattuck Road and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway. As an important part of the community of Fairvale, the “one-man” store sold groceries and gasoline. The picture shows the simple...

Maplewood Station on the Oregon Electric Railroad, ca. 1912. Photo by George Wendland. 0

Maplewood Station

The Maplewood story begins with the Niebur family’s donation land grant of 320 acres filed in May of 1873. They located their homestead in the present day April Park area. The land was a mix of forest and meadows with a crystal clear stream we now call Fanno Creek. Other...

Car Ascending Grade South of Multnomah Crossing 0

Before the Viaduct

From the time the Oregon Electric laid its tracks in 1908 until the viaduct opened on October 1, 1926, pedestrian, horse, wagon and automobile traffic crossed the railroad tracks (now SW Multnomah Boulevard) at Multnomah Crossing. The crossing was just to the west of the viaduct; the little one way...