Tagged: Oregon Electric

City and West Portland Park Railway, ca. 1893. 0

History of Railroads in Outer SW Portland

Please join us at the Hillsdale Library Saturday August 5, at 2 PM, for a 40 minute visual presentation on Railroads in Outer Southwest Portland. Over 100 photos of the Oregon & California Railroad (SP), including the —“Red Electric,” —City and West Portland Park Railway, —Metropolitan Railway, —Council Crest Streetcar,...

Maplewood Station on the Oregon Electric Railroad, ca. 1912. Photo by George Wendland. 0

Maplewood Station

The Maplewood story begins with the Niebur family’s donation land grant of 320 acres filed in May of 1873. They located their homestead in the present day April Park area. The land was a mix of forest and meadows with a crystal clear stream we now call Fanno Creek. Other...

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...

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100 Years ago in the Oregonian

JANUARY 4, 1914 – TRACK LAYING ON OREGON ELECTRIC CUT OFF IS HAMPERED BY “SOFT” WEATHER The contractors on the Multnomah-Garden Home cutoff on the Oregon Electric, just out of Portland, have encountered a great deal of “soft” weather since Thanksgiving day, which has held back the opening of this...

Hawley Lumber Company trucks, ca. 1913. 0

Hawley Lumber Trucks

The building on the left is the Nelson Thomas store.  We believe the man in the overalls is Thomas Hawley, lumberyard owner and Multnomah’s second Postmaster.  We’re not sure what the apparatus behind the trucks is.   Oregon Electric Railway tacks in foreground.  Courtesy Mary Beamer Hawley. Another view of the...

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,...