A Story of Urban Sacrifice
Albina was the terminus of the first trans-continental railroad and an independent city before being incorporated into Portland in 1891. This was historically a neighborhood with a relatively high percentage of African-Americans. In the mid-20th century this district was an “urban sacrifice” area for the building of Memorial Coliseum and Interstate Highway 5.
There are places and spaces remaining in this neighborhood that evoke the late 19th and early 20th century flavor of a working class ethnic neighborhood.
We’ll start this tour in “lower Albina” and walk up under the freeway to the center of the commercial district at Russell and MLK Boulevard.
We’ll return to the starting point for optional beverage and social time after the tour.
McMenamins White Eagle Saloon & Hotel
836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227
Approx. 2 1/2 hours
Moderate – This tour covers about 2 miles and includes a steady climb from the White Eagle to “upper Albina”.
Dress for the weather!