Gregory Gross

Portland Archival Photos

In 2007, I worked as an intern at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center. My primary responsibility was to assess photographs from the city’s traffic engineering collection with a special eye on making digitized copies of those photographs more representative of the city’s various neighborhoods.

I always encourage folks to visit the archives in person, where you will find a wealth of information about Portland’s history and a friendly and helpful staff.

These are my favorites of the several hundred photos that I came across during my internship. Links to Efiles are below each photo.

Horse-drawn Portland, 1883-1919

Portland looking north on SW 11th (1883)

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View of southwest Portland looking northeast (1886)

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SW 5th Ave looking north from Morrison St (1905)

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Stark Street 1909, Base Line Road West of Buckley Avenue Preparing for macadam (1909)

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Hawthorne Bridge construction crew posing as a group on the bridge (1910)

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View of Mt Hood and Portland from King's Heights with St Francis Catholic Church (1912)

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Street work on North Jonesmore (1913)

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Northeast Eighty-Second and Hancock (1918)

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SE Grand Avenue looking north from Morrison Street (1919)

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Portland Becomes Modern, 1920-1945

Portland from the Air (1922)

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Mt. Hood from Portland (1927)

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SW Park Ave south from Yamhill St (1933)

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NE Sandy Blvd and 41st Ave looking east (1934)

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Broadway & Madison (1935)

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W Burnside St and 11th Ave looking west (1937)

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NE Sandy Blvd at 39th Ave looking east (1939)

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SE Stark St and 80th Ave looking northwest (1939)

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Striping on SE Hawthorne Blvd looking east towards 29th Ave (1939)

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SW Washington St looking west from SW 5th Ave (1939)

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W Burnside St from 18th Ave looking west (1939)

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SW 4th Ave looking north toward Yamhill St (1939)

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SW 10th Ave at Oak St looking north (1939)

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SW 19th Ave, Morrison St and 18th Ave looking north towards W Burnside St (1939)

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N Greeley Ave and Interstate Ave looking northwest (1940)

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The Automobile City, 1946-1972

SW Morrison St at 14th Ave looking west (1951)

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SW Morrison St at 14th Ave - close up of illuminated stop sign (1951)

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W Burnside St and Vista Ave from NW 23rd Ave and Westover Rd looking south (1953)

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Pigeon hole parking at SW Park & Stark (1955)

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Ross Island Bridge west approach looking east (1958)

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Morrison Bridge looking west (1961)

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SW Harbor Dr looking north from Clay St and Market St intersection (1962)

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Portland - aerial view looking northeast from downtown (1963)

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Portland - aerial view of downtown core area looking northeast (1963)

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Portland - aerial view of east and west Willamette River waterfront looking north (1963)

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N Lombard St and Minnesota Ave (1963)

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Minnesota Freeway construction looking north (1963)

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Eastbank Freeway, Minnesota Freeway, Broadway, Williams Ave and Weidler St looking northwest (1964)

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Marquam Bridge piers under construction looking north (1964)

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Minnesota Freeway from Morrison Bridge looking north (1964)

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Portland - aerial view of downtown from Hawthorne Bridge looking west (1964)

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Portland - aerial view of downtown from waterfront looking west (1964)

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Marquam Bridge - west end construction (1964)

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SW Harbor Dr and Foothills Freeway construction at SW 1st Ave and Sheridan St (1964)

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NW Lovejoy ramp looking southwest from Broadway Bridge (1964)

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N Lombard St pedestrian overpass (1965)

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SW Broadway and Morrison St looking south (1965)

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SW Morrison St and 1st Ave looking south (1965)

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Portland - aerial view of portion of region (1965)

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Fremont Bridge - construction (1972)

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