Site Investigation Report

Names & Aliases
Portland's Historic Waterfront (Historic)
Addresses
Classification
Type: docks   Use: Historic   Period: Gilded Age (1869 - 1896)   Style: none defined   Dates (from/to): 1850~ - 1960~   Related Features: none defined
Property Ownership
Mixed
Filed Under
us:  human migration
harbors

Investigator's Field Report

General Description
The development of Portland's waterfront along the west bank of the Willamette River began in the 1840s with the first docks to service the young port town. The pace of commercial and passenger traffic quickened considerably in 1875, when Portland was declared an official U.S. Port of Entry (in preference to Astoria). By the early 1900s nearly the entire waterfront from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Broadway Bridge consisted of pile-supported docks, warehouses and boardwalks.

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Cross-References to Related Investigations

Related Sites
Arlington Club (is related to)
New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District (Site/Landscape, is related to)
Related Historical Events
None
Related Persons of Interest
None