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slabtown-coverThe Sons of Slabtown is the latest publication by Donald R. Nelson.  Other works include A Pictorial History of St. Johns, Portland's Washington Park - A Pictorial History, The South Park Blocks...A Neighborhood History, The Bethany Community: As it Was and is Today, and several others. 

slabtown-title-pageDon Nelson has a hit for extra bases with The Sons of Slabtown.  It's an extraordinary pictorial history of a legendary section of Portland, with a strong focus on baseball, hockey and the athletic venues that inhabited the area through the first half of the 20th century.  Kerry Eggers sports columnist, Portland Tribune

opening-day-1922 April 18, 1922 - Opening Day at Vaughn Street Baseball Park.  One of the new Portland Beavers players was Jim Thorpe, Olympian Gold Medalist in 1912.

sunbeam-breadDavidson's Sunbeam Bread and Signal Products were longtime supporters of the Portland Beavers.

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opening-day-1946Saving the price of admission.

pictorial-st-johns-coverPublished in 2011, availability of this book is now limited. 

number-fiveWillamette Bridge Railway Company Engine #5 and passenger car, circa 1891.  Richard Thompson photo.

st-johns-ferry-pdx-photoSt. Johns Ferry, circa 1910.

PDXHistory.com photo.

bonham-and-currier-1937Bonham and Currier Building as it appeared in 1937.  Occupants on the 2nd floor included the medical office of longtime St. Johns resident Dr. Dennis S. Swart.