Two Short Features and a Sequel
A few projects are taking longer to come around than I had hoped. In the mean time, some odds & ends, and a few more movies…
The Big Guy Stays
As the 1950s blended into the early 1960s, both
The Oregon Centennial Exposition and International Trade Fair was held in
It has been said that, for better or worse, the two surviving icons of the fairs;
Recently it was widely reported that the owner of a national chain of pre-fabricated log cabin homes, infamous for plundering Bunyons for his collection, wanted to acquire
The Kenton Neighborhood informed the interested party that Mr. Bunyon was not for sale. There the story happily ends. For if Paul Bunyon for quick cash, it would have said something else about
The Treasure of
If history had turned out differently:
If there had been a few less financial panics, a few more miles of railroad built, a few less steamships vanished beneath the waves;
As the western terminus of the Oregon Pacific Railroad,
The late 1880s were a time of grand dreams. The Oregon Pacific was one of them. What is amazing is how close it came to being reality. The
But the ships had a tendency to sink. Then the money ran out. Eventually the railroad was sold. Today, what survives is a workday branch line to a paper mill at
Near the former site of
Dan and Louie’s Oyster bar.
For the past fifty years though,
In 1956, after numerous disputes with the city, the Portland Traction Company lost its franchise to operate
But what was to be done with all those obsolete Portland Traction tokens, some dating as far back as 1942?
There were two and a half tons of them. One million two hundred and fifty thousand tokens with a street value of $208,000 as they were still acceptable tender on Rose City Transit buses.
Unsuccessful attempts were made to melt them for the German silver they contained. Perhaps they could be embedded in a
Then, with the know-how and gumption that can dynamite a whale carcass on the
Four officials of the transit company with two trucks full of tokens were dispatched to
In an article in the November 13, 1958 Oregonian, Stan Allyn was quoted as saying “Two tides later and they were buried in silt. Recovering them would be impractical.”
Word to the wise.
Three More Portland Traffic Engineering films from 1939…
A snippet of East Burnside at 10th taken from the roof of today’s Hippo Hardware (one of the “Burnside Arcades”) is followed by chaos on SE 6th and Yamhill, today a transit mall street. Order is brought to the scene by a traffic cop.
A view of SW Sixth and Morrison, unique not so much for what it shows but for its setting, a view from; an upper floor on the north east wing of the legendary Portland Hotel, was torn down in 1951, It is the present location of Pioneer Courthouse Square. Below, the Portland Hotel.
A cavalcade of 1930s Portlanders take a try at crossing Burnside at East 32nd in 1939. The film was taken from the corner where Music Millennium is now. The Laurelhurst gate seems strangely absent, but with close observation it can be seen, obscured by ivy.
If you're interested in more Rose City Transit/Portland Traction Company route brochures, I got some from eBay and have scanned them in and put them on Flickr. See beginning here. Its also nice to find out what happened with the tokens. There was also a person selling them on eBay for 5/$5--cheaper than buying new fares today! Unfortunately, TriMet has said that they won't accept them, even though it seems that they might have an obligation to, since they inherited Rosy's legal obligations
Jason, please contact me offline. I have some questions about portland (and specifically Broadway) history. firstname.lastname@example.org
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