Monday, February 23, 2015

The Portland Eastside Industrial Area: A Short History in Pictures

Here We Go...

C.1871. (Photo and info courtesy of

(Old John was one of the last Indians to be relocated, resisting as long as he could while settlers came in and developed the land. Photo and info courtesy of

C.1884. The children are standing near the intersection of Southeast 6th Avenue and Morrison Street. (Photo and info courtesy of

C.1892. (Photo and info courtesy of

C.1898. According to the Portland Archives and Records Center, "this rendering details the various operations at the Wolff & Zwicker Iron Works... among other things, the plant built torpedo boats for the U.S. Navy" (Photo and quote courtesy of The plant was located in the Central Eastside Industrial District.

C.1898. One of the torpedo boats under construction at the Wolff & Zwicker Iron Works. (Photo and info courtesy of

C.1915. Large wooden ships being built at the Supple & Ballin Yards at the foot of Southeast Belmonth Street. (Photo and info courtesy of

C.1919. Southeast Grand Avenue looking north of Morrison Street. (Photo and info courtesy of

C. 1926. Aerial view of Portland. (Photo and info courtesy of

C.1939. Portland's NE Union Grand and Burnside. (Photo and info courtesy of

C. 1940s. Old cars and cobblestones. (Photo and info courtesy of

C.1960s. Advertisement for a suburb in Eastern Portland. (Photo and info courtesy of

C.1963. Aerial view of Portland with the Hawthorne Bridge in the middle of the image. (Photo and info courtesy of

 C.1964. Aerial view overlooking the Central Eastside. (Photo and info courtesy of

Morningside Hospital was a place for the mentally ill and was torn down in 1968 after most of their patients, who were from Alaska, moved back to their homeland. The land was then developed to become Mall 205. (Photo and info courtesy of

C.1988. According to this source, "In 1988, the Central Eastside was adopted as an official district of the Central City with new policy direction to 'Preserve the Central Eastside as an industrial sanctuary...'." But it is also attracting knowledge and design businesses due to the urban industrial style while developers are trying to change it with condos and non-industrial projects within the industrialized areas. (Photo, quote, and info are courtesy of

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