Like many communities situated on the Willamette or Columbia River in the mid-1800s, the founders of Linnton had visions of grandeur, hoping to be the next San Francisco of the northwest. By the 1890s Linnton was a lumber era industrial site with a growing Main Street featuring a typical mix of service and retail businesses. Annexed into Portland in 1915, little remains of “historic downtown Linnton” because of highway widening in the 1960s. However, there remains a small hamlet of residences and a few buildings dating from the early 20th century.
We’ll take a short (but steep!) walk up to look at some of the homes and enjoy a good view or two of the Willamette river to the east. We have a short but rather strenuous walk up and down the staircases, so be prepared with good footwear! (Depending upon weather and interest, we may extend the walk with a hike up into Forest Park)
This tour starts and ends at the Decoy restaurant and tavern (see map).
Linnton is served by Trimet bus #16. (Bring bus fare for the ride back to Linnton if we venture into Forest Park)
Fee for this narrated walk is $15. You may pay by check, cash or credit card at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD
We’ll meet in front or just inside the Decoy tavern. Look for the red and white Meetup sign.
About Positively Portland Walking Tours
Explore the architecture, history and culture of Portland and environs with architectural historian Eric Wheeler. These walking tours feature downtown Portland and the surrounding historic neighborhoods as well as other communities in the greater Portland area.
Eric’s tours are designed for new arrivals, visitors and long-time Portland residents. The easy walking pace is designed to allow plenty of opportunity to see the sites, hear the guide and engage socially with other participants. This is a Meetup after all!
The tours typically meet and end at a restaurant, pub or coffee shop, to allow for optional social time with the group before or after the tour. There is a fee for these researched and guided walking tours. Typically $15 per tour.
Cover image courtesy Positively Portland Walking Tours.