Explore the architecture, history and culture of Portland and environs with architectural historian Eric Wheeler. These walking tours feature downtown Portland and the surrounding historic neighborhoods as well as other communities in the greater Portland area. Eric's tours are designed for new arrivals, visitors and long-time Portland residents. The easy walking pace is designed to allow plenty of opportunity to see the sites, hear the guide and engage socially with other participants. This is a Meetup after all! :-) The tours typically meet and end at a restaurant, pub or coffee shop, to allow for optional social time with the group before or after the tour. There is a fee for these researched and guided walking tours. Typically $15 per tour. There is no fee to join the Meetup and follow the schedule of walking tours.
The Brooklyn neighborhood has beginnings in the mid-19th century as part of a Donation Land Claim on the east side of the Willamette River. (Did you know that the name "Brooklyn" has nothing to do with the famous borough in New York?) On this walking tour you'll hear how this neighborhood developed as a land of opportunity for immigrants who found work in the lumber mills and rail yards.
We'll see a few of the remaining businesses and buildings that were built in the early 20th century and see how popular architectural styles changed over the years. We'll also see the impact of the "automobile era" on this small residential enclave.
Total walking distance will be about 2 miles and the tour lasts about 2 hours.
Fee for this narrated walking tour is $10. You may pay by check, cash or credit card at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD
Brooklyn is well served by Trimet Max and bus service.
Westmoreland is often confused/combined with the better-known Sellwood neighborhood located just to the south. First platted in 1909, Westmoreland was a commercial/residential development that extended along the electric streetcar line. Most of the commercial development in Westmoreland dates from the 1920s and can still be seen along Milwaukie Avenue.
We'll have a look at the "village center" commercial buildings, explore some of the surrounding residential area and have a look at the oldest crematory west of the Mississippi River! Like much of "old" Portland, Westmoreland is changing with the times.
This is a rather short walk of less than one mile on level urban terrain.
The fee for this narrated tour is $15. You can pay with cash, credit card or check at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD