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Portland's Slabtown (Images of America)

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In Portland's first decades, the northwest side remained dense forests. Native Americans camped and Chinese immigrants farmed around Guild's Lake. In the 1870s, Slabtown acquired its unusual name when a lumber mill opened on Northrup Street. The mill's discarded log edges were a cheap source of heating and cooking fuel. This slabwood was stacked in front of working-class homes of employees of a pottery, the docks, icehouses, slaughterhouses, and lumber mills. Development concentrated along streetcar lines. The early 20th century brought the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, manufacturing, shipbuilding, Montgomery Ward, and the Vaughn Street Ballpark. Today, Slabtown is a densely populated residential neighborhood, with many small shops and restaurants and an industrial area on its northern border. Tourists still arrive by streetcar to the charming Thurman, NW Twenty-first, and Twenty-third Avenues. Famous residents include author Ursula Le Guin, baseball greats Johnny Pesky and Mickey Lolich, NBA player Swede Halbrook, and Portland mayors Bud Clark and Vera Katz.

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Historians Mike Ryerson and Norm Gholston and the scholar in residence at the Portland Center for Public Humanities, Dr. Tracy J. Prince, used archives, their historical photograph collections, and interviews to research Slabtown. The foreword is written by McMenamins Pubs and Breweries historian Tim Hills.

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Mike Ryerson, Norm Gholston, and Tracy J. Prince
Arcadia Publishing
Ryerson, Mike
Gholston, Norm
Prince, Tracy J.
Hills, Foreword by Tim
World History-General
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9.25 x 6.5 x 0.31 in 10.5 oz

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