Stop 28

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.

Next to the Willamette River is the old Centennial Mills (above) and the Portland Mounted Police stables. We’re back in The Pearl.

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.

Dozens more US cities are expected to bring back streetcars, reports Wikipedia. Here’s a comparison of streetcar networks.

Ray Polani, director of Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates says good cities are designed not with cars in mind, but with people.

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:

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.

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