Historic Brooklyn Neighborhood Walking Tour

A Land of Opportunity for Immigrants in Lumber Mills and Rail Yards

The Brooklyn neighborhood has beginnings in the mid-19th century as part of a Donation Land Claim on the east side of the Willamette River. (Did you know that the name “Brooklyn” has nothing to do with the famous borough in New York?)

On this walking tour you’ll hear how this neighborhood developed as a land of opportunity for immigrants who found work in the lumber mills and rail yards.

We’ll see a few of the remaining businesses and buildings that were built in the early 20th century and see how popular architectural styles changed over the years.

We’ll also see the impact of the “automobile era” on this small residential enclave, and speculate on the impact of the Max Orange Line light rail service.


The Warehouse Cafe
3434 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202


Approx. 2 hours


$10.  Cash or check accepted at the start of the tour, or you may pay online.


Easy – covers about two miles of easy urban terrain.


Dress for the weather!

Tour Location
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