Stop 17

Stop 17: Grand & Hawthorne

The brick building on our right is the home to Multnomah County. While Multnomah County is only 470 square miles (the smallest of Oregon’s counties), it has more than 735,000 residents (the most populous of Oregon’s 36 counties). There are about 4,500 people.

Multnomah Co government manages Health and Human Services, Justice and Arts & Cultural activities such as county parks and the libraries. County Commissioners meet in this building.

At the time of installation, their green roof was the largest in the City of Portland. It is located on the 5th floor of the Multnomah County Building and is accessible to the public during business hours.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement services to Multnomah County, outside the incorporated cities as well as the rivers. Their new patrol cars are Chevrolet Caprices in plain white rather than the green Sheriff’s patrol cars we’ve all grown to love.

The county maintains most of the city’s bridges. The Broadway, Hawthorne and Steel bridges are all celebrating their 100th birthday. The Broadway Bridge opened in 1913, the Steel Bridge opened in 1912, and the Hawthorne Bridge opened in 1910.

Jewel Lansing and Fred Leeson recently published “ Multnomah: The Tumultuous Story of Oregon’s Most Populous County” which provides insight into people and events from 1854 to present.

Of course there’s lots going on beside county business on this corner.

Kidd’s Toy Museum houses the toy collection of Mr. Frank Kidd. You could drive by it every day and never know it was there. Located in a bland, gray building at 1301 S.E. Grand, it announces itself with only a small white sign on the door. The collection consists mainly of toys from the period encompassing 1869 to 1939, but includes later die-cast vehicles. Now semiretired, Kidd, 71, comes to work midmorning wearing sweats.

Pacific Pie Co, at 1520 SE 7th, specializes in handmade sweet & savory pies and offer pie classes and recipes.

Other businesses in the area include Hollywood Costumers, 635 Southeast Hawthorne, Portland Screen Printing, Oregon Blueprint, which also does signs, andSmittys Vending, the NW’s largest vending machine distributor,

NEXT: Stop #18, Grand & Taylor