Historic Willamette Heights Walking Tour

A Look Back at the 1905 World’s Fair

Willamette Heights is a classic Portland early 20th century “streetcar neighborhood” situated in the far northwest corner of the city. This prestigious, out-of-the way residential enclave owes its growth to clever real estate developers who exploited the proximity of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition located just below. We’ll see some fine Arts and Crafts homes, designed by the city’s leading architects.

The tour starts with a look back at the 1905 World’s Fair with brief stops a historic sites from that watershed event. The Lewis and Clark Expo ignited a housing boom in Portland that lasted for nearly 10 years. On our return we’ll cross over the historic Balch Gulch Bridge (1905) which has recently been preserved and updated.


The Dragonfly Coffee House
2387 NW Thurman St
Portland, OR 97210


Approx. 2 1/2 hours


$15.  Cash or check accepted at the start of the tour, or you may pay online.


Difficult – Be prepared for a rather strenuous two mile walk through this charming neighborhood that is a residential gateway to Forest Park.


Parking in this area is limited. Dress for the weather!

Tour Location
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