Portland's Multnomah Village

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Once rolling countryside and bucolic dairy farmland, the area that became Multnomah Village was transformed when the Oregon Electric railroad line connecting Portland to Salem placed a station here in 1908 and brought Multnomah within 15 minutes of Portland's downtown core. The electric train opened the way for individual families to build the charming homes of their dreams. Over the next 20 years, as the rise of the automobile transformed transportation options, the village continued to grow and thrive, with its own post office, grocery stores, pharmacy, movie house, churches, school, and bank to meet the needs of those living nearby. The subsequent rise of shopping centers and large retail grocery chains led to a change in the character of the village, which was annexed piecemeal by the city of Portland beginning around 1950. The former village center is now an eclectic yet dynamic mix of shops, restaurants, and galleries tucked into the storefronts of a generation ago. The "bones" of the village as it was in the past remain visible.
ISBN: 9780738548906
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oregon
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In this pictorial retrospective, author, longtime Portland resident, and historian Nanci Hamilton has gathered more than 200 images from local collections of vintage photographs and other visual memorabilia to trace the unique story of Portland's Multnomah Village.
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