Tagged: Capitol Highway

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,...

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...

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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...

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...

Multnomah Pharmacy, ca. 1980 1

7834 SW Capitol Highway

  Tenant history of 7834 SW Capitol Highway 19?? Safeway (moved from 7847) 1930’s Friendly Variety Store 193? Purcell’s Dry Goods 1937-1941 Multnomah Variety- E.V. Gilmore 1941-1974 Ben Franklin Variety Store- Percy Hughes 1972-1984 Multnomah Rexall Drug- Sherman Hess (moved from 7800) 1980’s-1983 Ed’s Camera Corner in Rexall Drug (moved...

Multnomah Crossing ca. 1915. 1

Multnomah Crossing

Capitol Highway crossing the Oregon Electric Railway tracks. Capitol Highway opened October 22, 1916, but the tracks of the Oregon Electric Railroad (today’s Multnomah Boulevard) remained unbridged until the viaduct opened October 1, 1927. This was an extremely dangerous crossing. Capitol Highway was a link in the Pacific Highway, the...