Mystery Solved

View of Tualatin Valley North of Multnomah

View of Tualatin Valley North of Multnomah


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 definitive answers.

Multnoman (Tannler) Dairy Farm, ca. 1915.

Multnoman (Tannler) Dairy Farm, ca. 1915.


Some detective work identified the group of buildings in the right of the image as the Tannler family’s Multnomah Dairy Farm.

Multnomah (Tannler) Dairy Farm, ca. 1928.

Multnomah (Tannler) Dairy Farm, ca. 1928.


I matched some of the buildings in this image from our archives with the buildings in the Mystery Photo. Once I identified the Multnomah Dairly Farm, it was obvious the view was of present Gabriel Park, and the stream in the left foreground was the stream running west to east through the park. I was pretty sure the house in the foreground was long gone, but I pulled up the Multnomah County Survey and Assessor Image Locator (SAIL) website at sail.multco.us, and started looking along the creek for where the house might be.

The Mystery House, 2013.

The Mystery House, 2013.


It didn’t take long to find a familiar looking roofline.

3522 SW Texas St., 2013.

3522 SW Texas St., 2013.


Zooming in and checking the property record confirmed the house was built in 1897, and left no doubt that 3522 SW Texas is the Mystery House. The bridge in the foreground is about where SW 34th is today.

3522 SW Texas, January 27, 2014.

3522 SW Texas, January 27, 2014.

Now to identify the location where the photo was taken. Based on distance and topography, the photo was taken from the location of present 6947 SW 33d place. The view today is blocked by trees, but I did get this photo from the corner of SW 32nd and SW California, about a block away.

View of Tualatin Valley North of Multnomah, January 27, 2014.

View of Tualatin Valley North of Multnomah, January 27, 2014.


The barely discernable blotch of white just above and to the right of the chimney is the recreation center building.

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