Portland Then/Now: West Burnside St. and SW Vista Ave.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
THEN: According to portlandoregongov.com Burnside Street originally was named B Street as part of the "Alphabet District" in Northwest Portland that was laid out by Captain Couch.
B Street extended from the waterfront to 16th Avenue, where it joined Washington Street to continue westward. By 1892, the street's name was changed to Burnside, after David W. Burnside, an early Portland merchant.
Washington Street west of 16th became Burnside Street in 1933 when the city systemized the street names and numbers. A couple of years later, property owners petitioned to change Burnside's name to Bonneville, but historical organizations protested and the name remained Burnside.
Eventually Burnside would find it's way all the way up the hill including at the intersection where Northwest 23rd Avenue would cross Burnside to meet up with Southwest Vista Avenue.
In 1967 La Rue Restaurant stood at the North corner of West Burnside. Not long after that it would become a Sambo's and eventually a Denny's. Gas stations dotted the area as did an American Savings Bank. According to a comment on vintageportland.com, "the cement pillars in front of the old Murlark Building( on the left Northeast corner ) was ther eto keep run-away cars from crashing through the retail stores ...Murlark Building had quite a history as an early dance studio (with famous pupils including) Isadora Duncan’s brother and John Reed’s wife, Louise Bryant.
NOW: Although one of the gas stations remain, most of the businesses that once surrounded this intersection no longer exist Henry Thiele's Restaurant, Youngland's children clothing store and several mens and womens boutiques no longer serve the area.
Sambo's/Denny's is now an empty office building, and the bank has become an insurance agency. What hasn't changed is the fact that many of the original apartment buildings still exist including the nearby Fordham Apartments.
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This is the crown jewel of outdoor imbibing in Portland. The high rise location with panoramic views is a great place to sip in the sun! The cocktail menu features great flavors that will transplant you to a tropical destination. Pair it with some delicious bites from a menu crafted by Chef Gregory Gourdet for a fabulous evening.
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You’d be forgiven for not discovering the back patio of Teote right off of lower Hawthorne. Orders are taken at the counter on the first floor, but follow the stairs up and then meander your way to the back of the house where the second floor spills out into lovely back patio complete with a second bar and a fire pit. I’m still trying to figure out how to you get to the back yard by going upstairs. Plus, the food and drinks are delicious and affordable.
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Day use fee: $6 per vehicle.
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A short 45-minute drive will lead you to McIver where you can hike, fish, and play disc golf - all with an adult beverage in hand. Situated on the Clackamas River located in Estacada, this one of Oregon’s largest state parks, right in our back yard! Pack a cooler and a picnic and make a day of it at McIver.
Day use fee: $5 per vehicle.
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