Thursday, April 20, 2006

Sunnyside Trolley No. 656 stopped at SE 33rd & Belmont, c.1915

The building(s) to the immediate left are, of course, gone today, having given way to the Belmont Dairy, which was susequently converted and renovated into a Zupan's.

This picture surprised me because the buildings on the block on the left are totally intact and standing today.

Car 656 was a 1911 America Car Co. Class K, the same make and model as the cars which were involved in the three-trolley orgy of destruction at the end of 1915.

Photographs such as this drive home to me the rather obvious fact that we modern-day Portlanders are (still) living in the Portland built about 100 years ago: a surprising number of the buildings still stand, and the various commerical districts are essentially clustered around trolley stops or junctions.

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