Tagged: railroad

Metropolitan Railway Convertible Trolley, ca. 1891. 0

Metropolitan Railway Company

Thank you to everyone that came out to our presentation Railroads in Outer Southwest Portland at the Hillsdale LIbrary, Saturday, August 5. One of the railroads we talked about was the Metropolitan Railway Company. George Steel (Portland Postmaster, Oregon State Senator, Treasurer) and his brother James operated G.A. Steel and...

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...

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...

City and West Portland Park Railway, ca. 1893. 1

City and West Portland Park Railway

About 1890 hopeful speculators started to carve up southwest Portland into lots. The first serious development was West Portland Park in 1889. Thomas Alexander Wood formed the Portland City Real Estate Association to buy and develop land for sub-dividing. He purchased 538 acres in the southwest area that he named...

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,...