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A History of Northwest Portland

From the River to the Hills
Comerford, Jane (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
A History of Northwest Portland
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This beautifully designed coffee table book, A Northwest Portland History: From the River to the Hills, lets you experience the beginning of Northwest Portland. Featuring many previously unpublished photographs showing the early days when the muddy streets were filled with horse-drawn wagons, the harbor wharves welcomed sailing ships carrying goods and immigrants, and the waterfront teemed with lumber mills, manufacturing plants, businesses, saloons, hotels and boarding houses. Meet the early homesteaders and entrepreneurs; and watch while the horse-drawn trolleys open up the hillsides for communities "with a view". Learn about the origins of these neighborhoods: Nob Hill, Slabtown, Old Town, the Alphabet District, the Industrial District, and the Pearl, and how they received their names. Read about the Lewis and Clark World's Fair; the Vaughn Street Ballpark; the shanghaiing of sailors; and, the rich mixture of pocket immigrant communities of Germans, Jews, Greek, Irish, Scandinavian, Chinese, Croatian, Japanese, and African American communities. Learn how a hillside was moved to turn a lake into an industrial district and how landslides saved a park from development. Travel back to the days when streets were named with letters, and the term "North End" referred to Northwest Portland.--Publisher.
Authors: Comerford, Jane
Title: A history of Northwest Portland
from the river to the hills
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Dragonfly Press, c2011
Characteristics: 157 p. :,ill., maps ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jane Comerford
Contents: Claiming the land
Guild's Lake
Old Town
The Pearl
Slabtown
Nob Hill
NW 23rd and Burnside
Forest Park
A sign of the times
History preserved
Summary: This beautifully designed coffee table book, A Northwest Portland History: From the River to the Hills, lets you experience the beginning of Northwest Portland. Featuring many previously unpublished photographs showing the early days when the muddy streets were filled with horse-drawn wagons, the harbor wharves welcomed sailing ships carrying goods and immigrants, and the waterfront teemed with lumber mills, manufacturing plants, businesses, saloons, hotels and boarding houses. Meet the early homesteaders and entrepreneurs; and watch while the horse-drawn trolleys open up the hillsides for communities "with a view". Learn about the origins of these neighborhoods: Nob Hill, Slabtown, Old Town, the Alphabet District, the Industrial District, and the Pearl, and how they received their names. Read about the Lewis and Clark World's Fair; the Vaughn Street Ballpark; the shanghaiing of sailors; and, the rich mixture of pocket immigrant communities of Germans, Jews, Greek, Irish, Scandinavian, Chinese, Croatian, Japanese, and African American communities. Learn how a hillside was moved to turn a lake into an industrial district and how landslides saved a park from development. Travel back to the days when streets were named with letters, and the term "North End" referred to Northwest Portland.--Publisher.
ISBN: 0976838745
9780976838746
Branch Call Number: 979.549 C7327h 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Portland (Or.) History, Local Pictorial works Portland (Or.) History, Local Portland (Or.) Biography Portland (Or.) Social life and customs Portland (Or.) History
LCCN: 2011934017
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This book is a delightful history of the NW district, with historic photographs of early roads and Victorian houses to the commercial and residential district of today that retains much of those characteristics.

Meet the early homesteaders and entrepreneurs; and watch while the horse-drawn trolleys open up the hillsides for communities "with a view". Learn about the origins of these neighborhoods: Nob Hill, Slabtown, Old Town, the Alphabet District, the Industrial District, and the Pearl, and h... Read More »


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