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ZOO CELEBRATES 128 YEARS TODAY

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The Oregon Zoo, formerly the Washington Park Zoo is located in the 
city of Portland. It opened in 1888 after a private animal collector
named Richard Knight donated his animals. It is the oldest North
American zoo west of the Mississippi.

By 1894, there were over 300 animals in the zoo’s collection. In
1925, the zoo moved to the site of the present Portland Japanese
Garden, still within Washington Park. Its current site opened on
July 3, 1959.

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Rosy the Asian elephant was acquired by the zoo in 1953.



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FROM PORTLAND’S PAST ~ 1924

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The Bob White Theatre marquee and auditorium – 64th and SE
Foster, Portland, Ore.  (Delano Collection).
  


2015

The Bob White Theater was built in 1924 and has had many lifetimes. It was home
to epic Russ Meyer films for years, country music themed films, then Vietnamese language films. In its final days, it was the residence and workshop of a restorer
and collector of pipe organs.

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FROM PORTLAND’S PAST ~

1964 Marquam Bridge under construction
THE MARQUAM BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN 1964.


THE BRIDGE TODAY VIEWED from the southwest, atop
Marquam Hill.

The Marquam Bridge is a double-deck, steel-truss cantilever bridge that
carries
Interstate 5 traffic across the Willamette River south of downtown Portland, Oregon. It is the busiest bridge in Oregon, carrying 135,900 
vehicles a day as
of 2008. The upper deck carries northbound traffic;
the lower deck carries southbound traffic.


The bridge was designed and built by the
Oregon Department of
Transportation
 at a cost of $14 million. The lower southbound deck
was opened on October 4, 1966, and the upper northbound deck on
October 18, 1966. The Marquam was
the first Portland bridge to
undergo a
seismic retrofit in 1995.




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PORTLAND, OREGON – THEN AND NOW

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Intersection of SE Division Street and SE 82nd Avenue, looking west –
1963.

 

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Same intersection of S.E. Division and 82nd Ave. in 2014

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LOCAL TV ICON DIED TODAY AT 86


Tom Peterson and his wife Gloria. Tom was born in Saint Paul, MN.

Tom Peterson was a retailer, pitchman and television personality in Portland,
Oregon
. He opened his first store in 1964, which grew to a regional consumer electronics, home appliance and furniture chain in the 1970s. His memorable
television commercials and unusual promotions made him a widely recognized personality in the Portland area by the 1980s. He had suffered from Parkinson’s
disease
and sometimes used a walker or a wheelchair.

 

                 

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