The town of East Portland was a growing concern by 1898. By the end of the 19th Century, Portland had 90,000 residents and it was the largest metropolis in the Northwest. Portland had the busiest port up the coast from San Francisco.
Demolition of old wharves and buildings along Portland’s west side waterfront begins in this 1928 photo. The first pilings that will anchor the seawall cribbing outline the future wall’s site. The Burnside Bridge is in the background; this was probably taken from somewhere near the foot of Oak Street.