Portland neighborhoods owe their location, alignment, and growth to a splendid, 19th-century innovation: the streetcar. This city still bears the imprint of the carlines that once wove their way out to suburbs in every direction, including Fulton, Portland Heights, Goose Hollow, Nob Hill, Slabtown, Willamette Heights, Albina, Saint Johns, Irvington, Rose City, Mount Tabor, Montavilla, Mount Scott, and Sellwood. As routes developed, people used them for more than just getting to work; they also discovered the recreational function of street railways while visiting friends, parks, and shopping areas farther from the center of town. The time of the trolley peaked during the 1910s. In 1927, the local street railway system entered a period of slow decline that ended in 1950, when Portland's last city streetcars gave way to buses. This is the history of those classic lines.
The Images of Rail series celebrates the history of rail, trolley, streetcar, and subway transportation across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the people, places, and events that helped revolutionize transportation and commerce in 19th- and 20th-century America. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.
About the Author
Rail historian Richard Thompson has worked as an archaeologist, archivist, historical museum director, librarian, and streetcar coordinator. His large collection of photographs and memorabilia served as a resource for two previous Arcadia Publishing books, Images of Rail: Portland’s Streetcars and Images of Rail: Willamette Valley Railways. The photographs in this volume take readers back to an era when the clang of the trolley bell was a welcome part of neighborhood life.
Table of Contents
1 To Goose Hollow, South Portland, and Council Crest 9
2 To Nob Hill, Slabtown, and Willamette Heights 33
3 To Albina, St. Johns, and Kenton 55
4 To Vancouver, Irvington, and Rose City Park 71
5 To Mount Tabor, Mount Scott, and Sellwood 99
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