History of Parkrose

The Parkrose District has been instrumental in developing the rich, vibrant history and culture for which Portland now knows world fame — and has been for over one hundred years. The Parkrose District is a fertile commuter destination, ideal for its proximity to Vancouver, Clackamas, Gresham, PDX Airport, and downtown Portland.

First established in 1911, the Parkrose District was once an independent farming community. As it grew throughout the 1920′s and 30′s, it was noted as, “one of the most progressive and promising commuting districts on the eastern border of [Portland]” by the Oregon Journal. The City of Portland later went on to annex Parkrose, and the Census Bureau officially designated it a census-designated place in 1980.

The Parkrose District thrived during the the Golden Age of the Automobile. Its long, uninterrupted stretch of Sandy Boulevard was a hotbed of Portland workingman style and culture, lined with some of history’s most beautiful cars. The ever-changing dynamics of Portland culture and economy did not leave Parkrose unaffected; in recent years, the area has experienced a depression in economic and cultural growth.

As downtown Portland has grown into an upscale and international neighborhood; and the historic neighborhoods on the immediate eastern banks of the Willamette become pricey artist neighborhoods, the Parkrose District stands on the edge of an exciting revival. Local businesses, including Parkrose Business Association members, have always played an integral part in Parkrose’s cultural and economic health, and are poised to lead the way into a bright new chapter of Parkrose history.