Tagged: auto camp

Ara Vista Motel Postcard, ca. 1950. 2

Craig’s Auto Court / Ara Vista Motel

      Soon after it’s opening in 1933, Barbur Boulevard between SW Terwilliger Boulevard and Tigard sprouted dozens of businesses devoted to serving automobile travelers. Service stations, restaurants and motels lined this stretch of the new West Side Pacific Highway. Motels, or auto courts, as they were first called,...

Portland West Side Auto Camp, ca. 1930. 0

Portland West Side Auto Camp

The first facilities specifically for automobile tourists were auto camps – campgrounds where the motor tourist could pitch a tent and have access to shared kitchen and bathing facilities. These were usually anchored by a gas station, store and sometimes a cafe. The earliest auto camp in Southwest Portland was...