Multnomah Historical Association

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MHA Open House 6/23, 5 – 8:30 PM

The Multnomah Historical Association is holding an open house at the Mary Becker Lyman History Center at 2929 SW Multnomah Boulevard. We will exhibiting in the first floor conference room, and giving tours of the library in suite #107. Come join us Monday, June 23, from 5 to 8:30 PM....

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Ghormley’s Service Station

Earl Ghormley operated an Associated Service Station at the corner of SW Capitol Highway and SW Garden Home Road, where Handy Andy’s is located. Part of the old service station is still in use as part of the Handy Andy’s building. One of the men in the picture is probably...

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Multnomah School Cornerstone

With the coming of the Oregon Electric Railway in 1908, people began realizing the area’s potential as a future center for the southwest area. Multnomah Children first went to school in Hillsdale and later to West Portland. It wasn’t long before they began talking about a school in Multnomah. A...

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Craig’s Auto Court

Craig’s Auto Court operated at 9449 SW Barbur Boulevard from 1937 to 1943, when it became the Ara Vista Motel. A Wendy’s occupies the site today. Soon after its opening in 1933, Barbur Boulevard between SW Terwilliger Boulevard and Tigard sprouted dozens of businesses devoted to serving automobile travelers. Service...

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Multnomah Bank

After the Multnomah Commercial & Savings Bank closed in December 1934 the merchants and people in this area had to either go to Beaverton or Tigard to do their banking, a real inconvenience. Multnomah merchants wanted a better way to work with their customers. People tended to go where they...

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Weatherly’s Grocery

From an article written by Lowell Swanson, and published in the May, 1999 Multnomah Historical Association newsletter. Floyd Weatherly started out with the Lovejoy Company Store delivering groceries. It wasn’t long before he went to work inside as a clerk and the customers were asking for him. On May l,...

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Multnomah Dairy Farm

The Multnonah Dairy Farm was located at the east end of present Gabriel Park. You can see another view of the farm, and the future park, in our Picture of the Week from January 27. Twenty-six year old Heinrich Tannler arrived in SW Portland from his native Switzerland in 1901,...

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The Red Electric Wreck

Have you ever wondered about that wide strip of land to the East of Bertha Boulevard, between Bertha and the rear fences of the houses on SW 15th Ave.? Bertha Boulevard was part of the route of the Oregon and Central Railroad (later the Southern Pacific) constructed in 1872. The...

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Mystery Solved

Last week we asked readers if they could identify the location and orientation of this photograph, and any buildings in the photo. We didn’t know, and were hoping someone would come forward identifying one or more of the houses in the photo. We had a lot of guesses, but no...