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Presenting the Slabtown Picture Show Virtual History Talk
October 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Norman Gholston, one of the authors of Portland’s Slabtown, will talk about the era from the area’s land claims through the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exhibition of 1905. “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 pottery, the docks, icehouses, slaughterhouses, and lumber mills. Development concentrated along streetcar lines.”
Tanya Lyn March Ph.D. owner of Slabtown Tours will cover the eras from WWI to the 1980s. Highlighting Friendly House, the redlining map of 1937, the Vaughn Street Urban Renewal Area, the 5,000 Black residents in WWII housing in Guild’s Lake, the fight to stop the I-505 and the effort to save The Good Old Homes.