Rockwood is now in the middle of Gresham, but in the 1920s it was a small cluster of shops. Check out the billboard for "20 Mule Team Borax Soap Chips." It promises to make your clothes whiter and colors brighter.
Not sure why Alva Day was visiting. Perhaps he stopped for gas.
Google identifies this spot as Rockwood today.
Nice image of both water tower and false fronts on buildings. Must have had a rain shower, due to mud puddles.
Gives somewhat of a good view of three generations of buildings.
Charlott on 5th September 2013 @ 7:04am
Who knows why Alva Day takes some of his photos.
But I am glad he did because they are interesting to us today.
If he took a photo of this, I would assume he would have taken a photo of the Stark St. bridge that crosses the Sandy.
This is probably his route for coming or going home from Portland to HR on what we now call the Old Highway.
My husband's grandparents lived on Government Island and at one time, in order to vote they had to row across the river and then walk to a polling area just north of this photo.
l.e. on 5th September 2013 @ 8:37am
I was going to ask if it was named for rocks in the wood or woods in the rocks.
Wikipedia gives some history: Milepost 10 at a rocky, wooded area.
Since those two men are parked and standing in front of that house, it makes you wonder if the house was the focus of the photo.
l.e. on 5th September 2013 @ 8:49am
From l.e.'s link above: In the late 19th century, a stone marker was placed every mile east of the courthouse in Portland, resulting in a "Base Line Road" along the Willamette Baseline: Rockwood developed at the 10-mile mark, in a rocky and wooded area that was later the inspiration for the name of the community. A Ten-Mile Inn located in present-day Rockwood became a stagecoach stop, a junction that also attracted a school, a grange hall, a church, a grocery store, among other businesses.
So, Baseline Road, on the Willamette Baseline, the same as our Baseline Road in Parkdale, is on Stark Street, which would seem to imply that the photo is looking at present day Stark. Most folks would know Rockwood as the location where Burnside and Stark cross, now with the light rail. And interestingly enough, it's Burnside that splits Portland north and south, not Stark (baseline)!
spinsur on 5th September 2013 @ 9:27am
Is there a stone marker in the front yard of the home?
Also another reason Alva Day might have stopped in Rockwood to take a photo....reading some history....it was known for moonshine.
l.e. on 5th September 2013 @ 9:51am
If you're looking at what I'm thinking you're looking at, look further away, behind the car, I think you'll see two more, look like gate posts, so I took the other lone one to be a fence corner post. Any mile markers or GLO corners on the baseline would be near centerline of the road. Appears to be winter, and IF it's baseline/Stark, by shadows buildings would be on north side, and we'd be looking westerly mid day.
spinsur on 5th September 2013 @ 11:01am
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l.e. on 5th September 2013 @ 3:43pm
I have learned more, here, from all of you than all my years of schooling!
Jill Stanford on 5th September 2013 @ 4:19pm
Here you go spinsur:
The Stark Street Mile Markers
l.e. on 8th September 2013 @ 1:14pm
I should have noted that the comment section contains a map of the mile markers.
The one at Mile Post 10 Rockwood is missing.
l.e. on 8th September 2013 @ 2:00pm
The post to the right of the closest person sure looks like a milepost marker. There's a post in the Parkdale Bicentennial Memorial Garden that also looks like a milepost marker. I'll check it out better the next time I'm there.
Brian on 10th September 2013 @ 5:06pm
I checked the detail on that post-- it is made of smaller river rock stacked and mortared. It matches the other fence posts next to the car, so I don't think it is a milepost marker.
Arthur on 10th September 2013 @ 9:24pm
Can anyone tell me what used to be in the area of 174th and Stark?
Ellen Hawkins on 26th November 2016 @ 2:24pm
Not the same home, but this June 25, 1916 Sunday Oregonian talks about improving Baseline Rd. as a beautification project for the Columbia Highway.
L.E. on 16th February 2017 @ 9:38am