Multnomah Historical Association

Richfield Sign from OHSU, ca. 1939, Details Enhanced. 0

The World’s Largest Sign

Every once in a while you run across something so big, you wonder how you never heard of it. From September 29, 1928, to 1939, the largest sign in the world stood atop Healy Heights. The RICHFIELD sign was 60 feet high (10 feet higher than the original Hollywoodland sign,...

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Copeland Lumber Black Cat Logo

    The most distinguishing mark of Copeland Lumber Yards, Inc., was the use of bright, Halloween orange on the buildings and a big black cat insignia. This all came about when the company, in its early expansion days, purchased the Fenton Lumber Company of Fenton, Idaho. The orange color...

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Copeland Lumber

  Joseph W. Copeland was born at Sumner, Iowa, on August 31, 1886. His father, Joseph, taught him the lumber business in yards acquired or opened in Cresco, Perry, Toledo and Gardiner, Iowa. Copeland graduated from high school at Cresco, Iowa, and then matriculated to the University of Minnesota, fully...

Capitol Highway Snow, ca. 1920. 1

Snowmageddon 1919 – 1920.

The recent snowstorm didn’t even make it into Portland’s top ten snowfalls.  We believe the pictures below are from the winter of 1919-1920 due to the depth of the snow cut on Capitol Highway, and the sepia toning.  A December 1919 snow storm, the fifth worst in Portland’s recorded history,...

Ed's Camera Corner Christmas Window, ca . 1955 0

Multnomah Christmas Windows of the Past

The Multnomah Drug Store opened Saturday, November 13, 1926 in the space currently occupied by Bishop’s.  Pharmacist William A. Siegfried took over the store in 1928.  Siegfried bought the old Matthew Barron building across the street, built a new building, and opened his store there the day after labor day...

John's Market, by Kaye Synoground. 2

John’s Market

  By Lowell Swanson, edited by Tim Lyman John Feuz was kind enough to allow us to scan many photos and documents relating to his family’s history in SW Portland.  We’ll be rolling some of those out here over the next several weeks. Those of you familiar with John and...

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

Multnomah Days 2016

Please join us at Multnomah Days, this Saturday, August 20.  We won’t be dressed as Natives, but there will be a lot to see and do.  A complete schedule of the day’s events is here:

Maplewood Booster Club Planting Norway Maple Trees in Kuza, late summer, 1912. 3

Maplewood’s Maple Trees

Oregon Electric Railroad policy was to name stations after Native American tribes, so when they built their station near present SW 51st Ave and SW Maplewood Road, they named it Kuza, for the Kusans; Athapascans settled on the Siletz reservation.  In 1911 about a dozen  families lived in the area. ...

Pierce Sanitorium. Sunday Oregonian, August 12, 1917. 0

Pierce Sanitorium

In 1851, John Slavin obtained a Donation Land Claim and built a cabin and barn at what is now Capitol Highway and Sunset Boulevard.  By 1882 he was prosperous enough to build a large mansion.  After Slavin died in 1908, his family subdivided and sold off the property. Dr. Edward...