Milwaukie Lumber – Then and Now

Starting with this post I’m doing something called “Then and Now”, where, yep, you guessed it, I’m showcasing an older photo and contrasting it with the modern shot. First up is Milwaukie Lumber.

The Ledding Library in downtown Milwaukie has some great old photos of the area hanging in the staircase that leads to the children’s library. One of the shots I snapped [sorry for the lousy resolution] looked really familiar:

Then I remembered – if you walk out of the new Cha Cha Cha on Main, go right, then right again [I want to say Monroe Street] there it is:

6 thoughts

  1. I can’t find any evidence of it online, but a historian once told me that these old-style lumber yards are starting to get attention from historians as they close up under pressure from familiar big box stores.

    Someone could probably do a whole blog about pre-modern lumber yards.

  2. Old school lumber yards and hardware stores are by far the better places to shop. These little guys do a much better variety of stocking the specialty items that one needs in restoring an old home The big box guys are all about selling cheaply made, fashionable items, in big volumes. Often the little yards and shops have prices that meet or beat the big guys too.

    Cherish Milwaukie Lumber while you still can. They will likely be displaced by the Milwaukie Light Rail Project in a year or two.

  3. That is totally cool. It looks familiar – is this the street where Dark Horse and Things From Another World are located as well? (See, I am a comic geek.)

  4. Hm, I have a feeling I went there often with my dad when I was a kid. My dad was a self-employed carpenter/ contractor and he had his favorite places to get lumber or whatever other pieces of hardware he needed. If it was the summer or whatever I would sometimes tag along on a trip to pick up supplies. I wish I could remember what other places he went to, these are just vague memories coming back.

  5. There was another lumber yard in Milwaukie, across Main St. from City Hall, where the municipal parking lot (and Saturday Market) is now. I think that one was the pictured McReady yard.

  6. Milwaukie Recollections:

    Like most kids, who lived in Milwaukie in the mid-50’s-early 60’s (Milwaukie JR HS and HS years), I picked beans and strawberries and worked at a variety of other jobs including: Hanna’s Car Wash (the original one–Mrs. Hanna was the boss and her son,Dan, hadn’t yet become a mogul); operated the register, pulled stock and drove a delivery truck for that Main Street lumber yard; and was a self-employed handy-man (well, OK, handy-boy) mowin’ lawns, weeding gardens, building fences, painting houses and diggin’ basements (with a pick, shovel and wheelbarrel–useful for getting in shape for football, but otherwise completely unprofitable work).

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