Foster’s Forgotten Neighborhoods

You’ve heard of Arleta, you know there is a school called Marysville, you know Lents, but how about Lexington Heights? Chicago? Tremont Place? Fruit Vale?

In 1906, you’d be just as likely to refer to your neighborhood by those names, as you do now for Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, or Lents.  Our current names are just a matter of chance: The Arleta Library adopted the name of the area at Foster & Holgate, Marysville lived on as the name of the elementary school, and Mr. Lent put his name on almost everything.

In 1906, our part of Portland wasn’t even in Portland.  Back then, the border stopped at 39th Avenue, and most of what we know of our neighborhoods didn’t even exist. Streets were dirt, if they were even there. Only a few tracts were even available for development.




Going back into the Oregonian Archives, you can find old advertisements for these areas. Bernhardt Park “The Finest Suburb” (Now a part of Lents), or Chicago! “Twenty minutes ride from the city.” (Now a part of Mt. Scott-Arleta.)

Aside from the prices ($150/lot!, which is still only like $4,000 in today’s dollars) I’d love a 20 minute streetcar ride into downtown. When can we get that going?

Here’s a closeup of the rest of the map:


I’ve tried to make out the names of the old tracts and subdivision, and bring the map into the digital age. Click the image below for a Google Maps representation of our neighborhood area.

Foster Neighborhood Names 1906

 So, does it turn our you live in Chicago? Germania? Tremont Place? Should we try to bring some of these names back?



  1. Wow, that’s really cool. I love seeing maps and photos of how things used to be. My house isn’t in the boundaries of one of those old neighborhoods, we’re between Bernhardt Park and Marysville Chicago Courts.

  2. What does it say right next to the number “8” on the old map? Where Kellogg School is now?

    • That was one I couldn’t read well enough to make out. I think the City has this original map in their archives, someday I plan on heading over to take a look.

  3. We looked closely at the history of the neighborhood when we began the Arleta Triangle Project at the corner of 72nd & Woodstock. The intersection exists as it is because the streetcar used to turn off 72nd and head east towards Lent’s Station through that intersection.

    In the interwar period, Mt. Scott Park had a pool and was a day-trip destination by streetcar: folks from Portland would pay their fare and ride up for a day of picnicking and swimming.

    Our project seeks to recapture some of this history by creating a new community depot at that spot. We have neighborhood gatherings there the last Saturday of every month at 10 am. There’s one this week, so come on out!

  4. Some of the names not indicated here might also be located by looking up your address on, under Property > Assessor > Tax Roll.

    From there, you can go to Maps > Tax Map to see more info, as well as some foregone streets and street names.

  5. The pink subdivision to the west of Stewart Park is Oakdale.

  6. I think in the Chicago Courts area. I’m not in the Marysville small square but in the bigger square around Marysville.

  7. Q: Best subdivision plat name in Lents?

    A: De Lashmutt and Oatman’s Little Homes No. 4.

    Isabella’s Curls is a close second though.

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