Stop 28: NW 10th & Northrup
Back on the West Side. You can continue on this train and head to downtown Portland and South Waterfront, or catch another train and go through The Pearl District and towards the thriving Northwest & 23rd area where there are dozens of boutique shops and cafes.
Tanner Springs Park is on our left. Rail tracks, donated by Portland Terminal Railroad, form the east wall. Tanner Creek got its name from Daniel Lownsdale’s tannery near PGE Park. The stream flowed through Old Town and the Pearl District, which were largely wetlands at the time. The creek was later buried by development.
Here’s the Oregonian’s streetcar tour of Westside Portland in 26 photos.
Thanks for sharing this adventure with me!
Streetcars were once the transportation lifeblood of most large American cities.
Portland’s streetcar network began as a horse-drawn line downtown in 1872.
By the early 20th Century, the Portland Streetcar network could boast of more than 200 miles of track.
But the popularity of automobiles, aging equipment and crowded streets pushed Streetcars aside. The last city routes closed down Feb. 28, 1950, while the remaining suburban routes disappeared Jan. 25, 1958.
The Streetcar is back. The nation’s first new Streetcar in decades began with the Portland Streetcar 11 years ago. Now United Streetcar, based in Clackamas, is positioned to take Portland’s lead and run with it. Dozens of cities now have their own Light Rail after Portland’s pioneering Light Rail line to Gresham that opened in 1986.
You can argue the merits of streetcars. But the fact is most people enjoy riding them.
Thanks for going on this ride with me.
Before we go, I want to thank the websites and authors from whom I have generously cribbed:
- Portland Streetcar
- Tri-Met App Center
- Vintage Portland
- Richard Thompson’s Portland Streetcar books
- Train Web
- Portland Bureau of Transportation
- Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
- Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society
- Oregon Electric Railway Museum
- Oregonian articles
- Tribune Articles
- Portland Business Journal
- OPB: Streetcar City
- Metro’s Bike There!, Walk There! app and walking maps
- Portland Afoot
- Portland Architecture
- Building Portland
- Seattle Streetcar Network
- John Terry’s Oregon History
- Pictorial History of the Portland Waterfront
- Cafe Unknown
- Oregon Historical Society
- City of Portland Archives
- Oregon State Archives
Public domain music from the 20s and 30s was from Archive.org.
This site was made using all free resources, including WordPress.com, Soundcloud, Flickr, and a free QR code program. Ideally, it would be ported to an off-line version so no internet connection would be required.
– Sam Churchill, Streetcar fan.
- Stop 1: West Side, Broadway Bridge
- Stop 2: NE Weidler and Ross AV
- Stop 3: NE Weidler and 2nd
- Stop 4: Weidler and NE 6th
- Stop 5: Halsey & NE 9th
- Stop 6: Multnomah & NE 7th
- Stop 7: Oregon & Grand
- Stop 8: MLK & Hoyt
- Stop 9: MLK & Burnside
- Stop 10: MLK & Stark
- Stop 11: MLK & Belmont
- Stop 12: MLK & Taylor
- Stop 13: MLK & Hawthorne
- Stop 14: MLK & Mill
- Stop 15: OMSI
- Stop 16: Grand & Mill
- Stop 17: Grand & Hawthorne
- Stop 18: Grand & Taylor
- Stop 19: Grand & Belmont
- Stop 20: Grand & Stark
- Stop 21: Grand & Burnside
- Stop 22: Grand & Hoyt
- Stop 23: Grand & Holladay
- Stop 24: Grand & Multnomah
- Stop 25: Grand & Broadway
- Stop 26: NE 2nd & Broadway
- Stop 27: Ross & Broadway
- Stop 28: NW 10th & Northrup