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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Bridgeton (Faloma), Oregon"
Includes ... Bridgeton ... Faloma ... North Portland Harbor ... Streetcar Trestle ...
Image, 2012, Bridgeton, Portland, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Bridgeton Marina, Portland, Oregon. Image taken February 5, 2012.


Bridgeton ...
"Where It Is --- Bridgeton, Portland's newest sub-division, is situated on the south bank of the Columbia River, as shown on the map, in the direct path of progress in home and factory building on the Peninsula; adjacent to the site selected for the new Vancouver bridge; bounded on the west by the Vancouver car line; while along the north is the beautiful, natural boulevard which winds along the Columbia.

It is within walking distance of the Peninsula factory district and the sites for the new packing plants and other industries which are assured for this district. It is also comparatively close to the business center of the city of Portland, the tract begin only 25 minutes ride on the Vancouver line from Second and Washington. ...

What It Is --- Bridgeton appeals first to the speculator and investor because of its assured position as the favorite factory, home and residence district of the Peninsula in the very near future.

Nature intended this spot for a pleasure park, ... The boulevard winding along the Columbia River is shaded by forest trees, and looking north you get a perfect view of river and hills, and the snow-clad mountains in the distance. ...

Bridgeton is the last sub-division possible on the Peninsula, and it presents the ideal investment proposition to the man with an eye to quick and sure profits for the near future.

The tract is absolutely unrestricted. You can buy a lot and build a home to suit your purse. You can put up a tent, or otherwise erect a temporary shelter for your family, and save rent while you are earning the money to build your home. ...

What We Offer --- There are only 600 lots in the tract, and as our policy is "quick sales and many sales, but small profits," they won't last long at the prices now asked.

All lots are 25x100 feet. All streets are graded, sidewalks put in, water mains laid in front of every lot, and free water guaranteed until May 1st, 1913.

As a result of the home building that will start immediately, and the two new packing plants to be located near by, prices are bound to go steadily upward. A cash investment of $10 as the initial payment, puts you in a position to share in the profits sure to come as a result of the rapid development of this section. ...

$10 down and $5 a month for one lot. $20 down and $7.50 a month for two lots. ..."



Map, 1912, Bridgeton, Portland, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Map, Bridgeton location, "Sunday Oregonian", May 12, 1912. Courtesy "Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives", University of Oregon Libraries, 2019.



Source:    "Sunday Oregonian", May 12, 1912, courtesy Oregon Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2019.

Faloma ...
"Faloma:   This post office was north of Portland and served a community that was at one time known as Bridgeton. It operated from August 13, 1921, to June 15, 1935. Post office authorities were requested to establish an office there, but they objected to the name Bridgeton because of the duplication of other similar names in the United States. A meeting of local citizens was held, and it was decided to ask to have the place named Faloma. This name was made up by using the initials of three original landowners in the neighborhood, to with: Messrs. Force, Love, and Moore."


Source:    McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, "Oregon Geographic Names", Oregon Historical Society.

East Columbia ...
According to the East Columbia Neighborhood Association website (2019):

"East Columbia is a Portland neighborhood bordered roughly by Marine Drive on the north, the Columbia Slough on the south, Interstate 5 on the west and the Levee Road dike on the east. The area's history has been shaped by the character of its wetlands and its role as a link between Portland and Vancouver. Before it was annexed to Portland, this general area was known as Faloma."

"In 1846, John Switzler and his family settled here. He supplied Fort Vancouver with cattle, which he pastured where Columbia Edgewater members now play golf. He also ran a post office and the first Portland-Vancouver ferry. The fare was 50 cents for a pedestrian and one dollar for a horse and rider."

"In 1888 the Portland and Vancouver Railroad reached Switzler's ferry landing."

Early Bridgeton ...
"The area now known as Bridgeton was originally part of the vast Columbia River floodplain, filled with abundant and diverse animal and plant life. Early maps consistently indicate that the area between the Columbia River and the Columbia Slough was a narrow floodplain bordering a short steep slope leading up to rolling uplands. The floodplain apparently was marshy, containing ash and willow stands.

As the area around Fort Vancouver and Portland grew, this area of marshes and wetlands began to be used for grazing and farming by recent settlers.

With the opening of the Oregon Trail in 1843 and the passage in 1850 of the Donation Land Act, more people began to settle along the south shore of the Columbia. Apparently Bridgeton was originally part of the Joseph R. Switzler donation land claim. By 1896 the roadway which later was to become Marine Drive had been constructed.

To protect their farms, local residents built a rough dike between 1905 and 1910. The more substantial dike that we know today was begun in 1921. It was improved by the Corps of Engineers between 1939 and 1942, under the Flood Control Act of 1936. ...

By the early part of the 19th century enough people lived in the area to request a post office. Postal officials, however, refused to name it Bridgeton due to the use of that name in other parts of the country. To choose another name, local citizens held a meeting. According to Oregon Geographic Names, the name, Faloma, "was made up by using the initials of three original land owners in the neightborhood, to-wit: Messrs. Force, Love and Moore. ..."


Source:   


Views ...

Image, 2006, Bridgeton-Faloma, North Portland Harbor, click to enlarge
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View across North Portland Harbor towards Bridgeton (Faloma), Portland, Oregon. View from Lotus Isle Park, Tomahawk Island, looking towards Bridgeton (Faloma), Oregon, with the old streetcar trestle in the foreground. Image taken July 1, 2006.


Bridgeton/Faloma, etc.

  • Columbia Children's Arboretum ...
  • Columbia School ...
  • Faloma Market ...
  • North Portland Harbor ...
  • Old Streetcar Trestle ...


Columbia Children's Arboretum ...
(to come)

Image, 2019, Columbia Childrens Arboretum, Portland, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Columbia Children's Arboretum, Portland, Oregon. Image taken May 18, 2019.


Columbia School ...
According to the East Columbia Neighborhood Association website (2019):

  • In 1907 the original Columbia School was built as a one-room schoolhouse.
  • In 1937 the Columbia School was rebuilt to its surrent size.
  • In 1964-1965 the Columbia School became a middle school and part of the Portland Public School District. It created an outdoor classroom which is now the Columbia Children's Arboretum, currently administered by Portland Parks and Recreation.
  • In 1983 the Columbia School closed as a general school, providing only classes for children with special social and emotional needs.
  • In 1999 the Portland Parks and Recreation bought the Children's Arboretum from the school district.


Faloma Market ...

Image, 2019, Faloma, Portland, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Faloma Market, Portland, Oregon. Shot from moving car. Image taken June 2, 2019.
Image, 2019, Faloma, Portland, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Faloma Market, Portland, Oregon. Shot from moving car. Image taken May 6, 2019.


North Portland Harbor ...
The North Portland Harbor is the official name of the channel which separates Hayden Island and Tomahawk Island from the mainland Oregon. Throughout history it has had other names, including the "Oregon Slough" and "Hayden's Slough". In 1913 the U.S. Board of Geographic Names made "North Portland Harbor" the official name. Bridgeton/Faloma borders North Portland Harbor.
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Old Streetcar Trestle ...
Pilings from an old 700-foot trestle that once carried streetcars from Portland to Tomahawk Island can still be seen in North Portland Harbor. This "Vancouver Street Car" let passengers off at the Lotus Isle Depot, at the entrance to Lotus Isle Amusement Park. A good view of the remaining pilings can be had from the east side of today's Lotus Isle Park on Tomahawk Island, or from the end of the road at Bridgeton. .

"... BY STREET CAR -- Vancouver car anywhere in city; get off at Lotus Isle Depot. You're at the gates. ..." ["PDXHistory.com" website, 2006, Newspaper ad from June 27, 1930]

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Image, 2019, North Portland Harbor, click to enlarge
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Old Streetcar Trestle, North Portland Harbor, as seen from Bridgeton, Oregon. Image taken March 24, 2019.
Image, 2019, North Portland Harbor, click to enlarge
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Old Streetcar Trestle, North Portland Harbor, as seen from Bridgeton, Oregon. Image taken March 24, 2019.
Image, 2019, North Portland Harbor, click to enlarge
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Old Streetcar Trestle, North Portland Harbor, as seen from Bridgeton, Oregon. Image taken March 24, 2019.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:   
  • East Columbia Neighborhood Association website, 2019;
  • McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, "Oregon Geographic Names", Oregon Historical Society;
  • "PDXHistory.com" website, 2006;


All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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