D9 Vestiges of Vanport

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Vanport: Oregon’s Lost City from Brian Van Peski on Vimeo.

Now that you’ve caught up a bit on what Vanport was here is our take on what is left…

Vanport theater foundation, you can see the bolt patterns from where the seats were attached.

Vanport theater foundation, you can see the bolt patterns from where the seats were attached.

This Vanport theater foundation used to slope steeply down the hill before they PIR filled in the area 25 or so years ago.

This Vanport theater foundation used to slope steeply down the hill before they PIR filled in the area 25 or so years ago.

Vanport Theater Foundation. This flat area would have been the top entry area maybe where concessions were.

Vanport Theater Foundation. This flat area would have been the top entry area maybe where concessions were sold.

The Vanport theater showed movies 24/7 so all shifts could still catch a movie. It seated 750.

The Vanport theater showed movies 24/7 so all shifts could still catch a movie. It seated 750.

 

GE map to Vanport Theater ruins.

GE map to Vanport Theater ruins start at the PIR entrance of Expo Road and after checking in at the PIR office end up off Cottonwood where the sough separates PIR from Heron Lakes Golf Course.

Terri’s Ruins Railing

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Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Terri Johnson Vanport relic

Vanport TriMet mosaic

Vanport TriMet mosaic

The floating roof tops of Vanport TriMet

The floating roof tops of Vanport TriMet

Vanport relics

Vanport relics

The floating roof tops of Vanport TriMet

The floating roof tops of Vanport TriMet

The floating roof tops of Vanport and the square bit of pavement is from an original Vanport building foundationTriMet

The floating roof tops of Vanport and the square bit of pavement is from an original Vanport building foundationTriMet

The floating roof tops of Vanport TriMet

The floating roof tops of Vanport TriMet

The spot where the dike failed at 4:05 p.m. on May 30, 1948. A 200 ft stretch at this railroad intersection was washed away by the mighty Columbia's flood waters

The spot where the dike failed at 4:05 p.m. on May 30, 1948. A 200 ft stretch at this railroad intersection was washed away by the mighty Columbia’s flood waters

Looking the opposite direction on the tracks at the site of the catastrophic dike failure

Looking the opposite direction on the tracks at the site of the catastrophic dike failure

Interpretive plaque about Vanport history at the dog park

Interpretive plaque about Vanport history at the dog park

Plaque talks about the birds and animals that now live on this protected wetland

Plaque talks about the birds and animals that now live on this protected wetland

 

Here are some historic photos of Vanport and the Memorial Day flooding.

Aerial photo of Vanport City, from the Portland City Archives

Aerial photo of Vanport City, from the Portland City Archives

Vanport City, from the Portland City Archives Defunct ramp; Closed City Agencies (Archival) - Housing Authority of Portland - Photographs Vanport entrance viewed from shoulder of N Denver Ave facing southwest

Vanport City, from the Portland City Archives Defunct ramp; Closed City Agencies (Archival) – Housing Authority of Portland – Photographs Vanport entrance viewed from shoulder of N Denver Ave facing southwest

Vanport Flood, from the Portland City Archives

Vanport Flood, from the Portland City Archives

Vanport Flood, from the Portland City Archives

Vanport Flood, from the Portland City Archives

Vanport Flood, from the Portland City Archives

Vanport Flood, from the Portland City Archives

Vanport Flood, from the Portland City Archives

Vanport Flood, from the Portland City Archives

Vanport Flood, from the Portland City Archives

Vanport Flood, from the Portland City Archives

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2 thoughts on “D9 Vestiges of Vanport

  1. Wow! Thank you for these images. I would like to see more descriptive detail as to where these locations are – maybe directions to where you took the images, how to get to the Interpretive Plaque. I did some Googling and learned there’s a Max Station and a dog park – I guess that’s a place to start if one wants to explore.
    Aesthetically speaking, I would swap the order of the pictures of the railings around so we see the ones with the actual pieces next to their twins in the railings. To me, the first picture of the railings looked like a hand grenade. I was confused at first – I had no idea what the railings were, where they were and with the grenade I quickly assumed it was military themed and I was really not interested (I’ve seen plenty of military memorialization). I had only learned of Vanport City and the Flood of ’48 from seeing it on OPB recently. Once I was aware that these were examples of what remained after the flood I was in awe.
    I would also like to see side by side images of how Vanport looked before the flood (when all was right with the world), and next to it the area how it sits now with Delta Park, PIR, etc. taken from the same view point.
    Thank you again for the images!
    Paula 🙂

    • Paula, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed looking at the blog. This site is meant as enhancement to the book PDXccentric. To get the full story you need to get the book, these are just extra pictures and nuggets we couldn’t fit in a 2-4 page entry. We can’t just give all the information out online, this is how we try and make a living ;-).
      The Vestiges of Vanished Vanport is entry D9 on page 116 of the book.

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