One of Portland’s oldest neighborhoods, Goose Hollow is steps from downtown and beloved for its quirky character, historic homes, spectacular views, and walkability. Over a century ago, the actual “hollow” was dramatically altered when the meandering Tanner Creek, in a deep gulch with several trestle bridge crossings, was diverted underground and infilled. The creek’s presence is still felt in the ravine carved through the Tualatin Mountains (spanned by the Vista Bridge) and in the neighborhood’s identity. This book provides definitive answers to how Goose Hollow got its name and how Tanner Creek Gulch was filled. Stories are also told of the Great Plank Road, City Park’s slow-moving landslide, and famous residents such as Daniel Lownsdale, C. E. S. Wood, Dr. Marie Equi, John Reed, and Bud Clark. Historic institutions such as Civic Stadium, Multnomah Athletic Club, Lincoln High School, and Washington Park are also featured.
About the Author
Tracy J. Prince, Ph.D., scholar-in-residence at Portland State University’s Portland Center for Public Humanities, lives in Goose Hollow. By interviewing numerous Portland families and conducting archival research at the Oregonian, City of Portland, and the Oregon Historical Society, Prince uncovered the little-known history of this charming neighborhood. The foreword is written by legendary character, former mayor, and Goose Hollow resident Bud Clark.
Table of Contents
1 A Tannery, A Creek, And "A War About Geese" 1845-1879 11
2 Tanner Creek Gulch, Chinese Vegetable Gardens, and Cable Cars 1879-1910 19
3 Streetcars, Automobiles, and Progress 1889-1949 43
4 Urban "Renewal" and Reclaiming Neighborhood Identity 1950-1985 89
5 Notable Residents And Contemporary Landmarks 1845-Present 119
Neighborhood Map 126
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fascinating historical photos of Portland's earliest days as a frontier city and of one of its oldest neighborhoods. A fun read and a cool romp through Portland history! All native Oregonians (and those who wish they were) should read this book!!