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