1900s Portland: Fascinating Historical Photos Show What Portland Looked Like At The Turn Of The 20th Century

Portland is the largest and most populous city in Oregon state. The name of the city was chosen in 1845 by a coin toss. The city merged with Albina and East Portland in 1891. At the turn of the 20th century, Portland was the host city of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, a world’s fair. This event increased the recognition of Portland, and the population was multiplied in a few years. In 1915, the city merged with Linnton and St. Johns.

Here below are some stunning historical photos that show what Portland looked like at the turn of the 20th century.

#1 Children (near political signs) in front of the Portland and OK coffee houses, circa 1900

#4 Children walking in Portland’s historic Chinatown, ca. 1900s

#11 Parade for Theodore Roosevelt on SW 3rd Avenue, 1905.

#13 Portland railway light & power streetcar special car, 1908

#17 The Oregonian Building at S.W. 6th and Alder, 1904

#20 The first barber shop in Sellwood, located at SE Umatilla Street between SE 13th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue, circa 1900.

#21 The Brubaker, Normandin, and Co. Mt. Tabor Store and the Mt. Tabor Market on the corner of SE Stark Street (Base Line Road) and SE 60th Avenue, circa 1900.

#25 Kamm Block on the north side of SW Pine St. between Front and 1st Avenue, 1900

#32 A group of men on the steps outside of Grohs Saloon, located on SW Macadam near the 7300 block, 1903.

#33 A troop of the United States Cavalry posing by a giant fallen tree, circa 1904.

#36 Family posing outside of a house on Alberta Street, 1904.

#38 Ships in the Portland Harbor on the Willamette River, 1905.

#41 Fire Chief David Campbell and George Walker in the Chief’s buggy outside Station 1, 1905.

#42 Two women sitting in the upper balcony of the Forestry Building, 1905

#48 Men and horses in front of the Steel Bridge Fuel Company, circa 1907.

#52 Horse and cart decorated for the Rose Festival on SW 12th Avenue near SW Morrison Street, 1909.

#53 Two nurses and a driver pose with a Red Cross Service Ambulance, 1910.

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