Monday, October 8, 2007

Portland Iron Works


Travel to the far north reaches of the Pearl District at NW 13th and Northrup, stand in just the right position so the light reflects properly, and you can see the old Portland Iron Works sign, now painted over in black.

Established in 1882, Portland Iron Works manufactured lumber milling equipment to service the area mills. Some historians say the nearby Slabtown neighborhood got its name from the working-class residents who used slabs of cheap wood from those mills to fuel their stoves.


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