Portland, Oregon Street Names

Ever wonder who the streets in your town were named for?

The Oregonian (Portland, OR) newspaper ran a regular series giving the history of the names of the streets in Portland, Oregon.

Read these street histories in GenealogyBank.com

Tip: Find these articles quickly by going to the special site we’ve created for searching just the Oregonian newspaper 1861-1922.

Put “Portland Street Names” in the other search terms box and all of the articles in this series will be displayed.

Click on these links to see a few examples from the series.

Brazee Street. Oregonian. 18 Nov 1921.
Burnside Street. Oregonian. 5 Oct 1921.
Chapman Street. Oregonian. 14 Nov 1921.
Corbett Street. Oregonian. 15 Nov 1921.
Couch Street. Oregonian. 6 Oct 1921.
Curry Street. Oregonian. 26 Nov 1921.
Everett Street. Oregonian. 14 Oct 1921.
Failing Street. Oregonian. 9 Nov 1921.
Irving Street. Oregonian. 15 Oct 1921.
Kearney Street. Oregonian. 19 Oct 1921.
Morrison Street. Oregonian. 4 Nov 1921.
Oatman Street. Oregonian. 11 Nov 1921.
Quimby Street. Oregonian. 24 Oct 1921.
Raleigh Street. Oregonian. 25 Oct 1921.
Salmon Street. Oregonian. 5 Nov 1921.
Savier Street. Oregonian. 27 Oct 1921.
Strowbridge Street. Oregonian. 10 Nov 1921.
Terwilliger Street. Oregonian. 19 Nov 1921.
Thurman Street. Oregonian. 28 Oct 1921.
Upshur Street. Oregonian. 2 Nov 1921.
Vaughn Street. Oregonian. 29 Oct 1921.
Whiteaker Street. Oregonian. 25 Nov 1921.

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Written by Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp is the Director of Genealogy Products at GenealogyBank. Tom Kemp is an internationally known librarian and archivist – he is the author of over 35 genealogy books and hundreds of articles about genealogy and family history.

He previously served as the Chair of the National Council of Library & Information Associations (Washington, DC) and as Library Director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

An active genealogist, he has been working on his own family history for 47 years. With the rapidly growing online archives at GenealogyBank – it is a great day for genealogy!

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  1. I grew up in SE Portland on Wilson’s hill that is now named Powell Butte. I am looking information about this and history of Gates Road-renamed 136th street. I lived in a house built in 1909 and remodeled in the 1960’s. Do you have any information on the orginal builders of old houses.

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