East Portland, Oregon

East Portland, Oregon

East Portland was a city in the U.S. state of Oregon that was consolidated into Portland in 1891. It was founded on a convert|640|acre|km2|sing=on land claim by James B. Stephens in 1846, who bought a land claim from John McLoughlin of the Hudson's Bay Company. The City of East Portland, Oregon was incorporated in 1871. [http://www.ohs.org/education/oregonhistory/historical_records/dspDocument.cfm?doc_ID=0002137B-1688-1E6E-891B80B0527200A7 East Portland, 1874] - Oregon History Project]

Stephens platted the land from the Willamette River to East First Street, and from today's Glisan Street to present Hawthorne Boulevard.Corning, Howard M. (1989) "Dictionary of Oregon History". Binfords & Mort Publishing.] Much of the land east of the river was marshy and crossed by creeks and sloughs, so it was less desirable than Portland river front property on the west side of the Willamette River. Development was difficult and expensive since many streets had to be built on trestles.

A few years after Stephens acquired his land, Gideon Tibbetts filed a Donation Land Claim for convert|640|acre|km2 south of what is now Division Street in southeast Portland. Tibbetts founded the first flour mill on the east side of the Willamette River, planted extensive orchards, and raised hay on part of his claim. He platted some of this land in the Brooklyn neighborhood, and platted an addition to East Portland. Tibbetts sold some parcels and his flour mill to Stephens later. The value of East Portland waterfront property skyrocketed in 1869 when the East-Side Oregon Central Railroad connecting East Portland and Salem was completed.

In 1891, the cities of East Portland, Albina and Portland merged as the city of Portland, Oregon. [cite web | title = THREE CITIES IN ONE.; Portland, Oregon, takes a long stride to the front | publisher = The New York Times | date = June 14, 1891 | url = http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9507E5D71139E033A25757C1A9609C94609ED7CF | accessdate = 2008-07-28]

ee also

* History of Portland, Oregon
* History of Oregon


External links

* [http://www.sullivansgulch.org/AboutUs/history.htm Sullivan's Gulch History]

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