Tagged: interurban

Southern Pacific Red Electric Train Wreck, May 9,1920. 0

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...

Maplewood Trestle ca. 1913, looking NE. 2

Maplewood Trestle

The second Maplewood School can be seen in the middle right. When the Oregon Electric Railroad opened for passenger service on January 30, 1908, it was a single track line full of twists, turns, and hills. Railroad magnate James J. Hill bought the Oregon Electric Railroad in February of 1910...

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...

Maplewood Station on the Oregon Electric Railway, ca. 1913, from the Wendland Family Collection. 5

Maplewood Station

On May 14, 1906 the Oregon Electric Railway was organized “to construct and operate a system of railroads, either single track or double track, with power to change from one to the other, from a point at or near the north boundary of the City of Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County,...