DID YOU KNOW?
Fans sat on the outfield grass on opening day
of the baseball season at the Old
 Vaughn Street Ball Park.



The original Food Front Cooperative Grocery was located
in this building on Northwest 23rd Avenue between
Raleigh and Savier streets. The location is now the
home of The Lompoc Tavern.

 

Northwest 23rd & Lovejoy Street was once the
home of Oregon Health & Science University
(OHSU). It's now the location of US Bank.

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TOUR SPONSORS
The Amico Group - The Hasson Co.
Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry
Archibald Sisters
Ataula Restaurant
BC Gallery Contemporary Art
Bamboo Sushi
Bar Mingo
The Bent Brick
Besaw's Café
Bull Run Distillery
Cha Taqueria & Bar
Child's Play Toys
The Dan Volkmer Team
Elephants Delicatessen
Escape From New York Pizza
ESCO Corporation
The Fireside Portland
The Float Shoppe
Food Front Cooperative Grocery
Giulietti/Schouten AIA Architects
Holiday Inn Express
Kingston Sports Bar & Grill
Lompoc Tavern
Lowthian & Lowthian - Realty Trust Group
McMenamins Tavern & Pool
Meriwether's Restaurant & Skyline Farm
Nature's Pet Market
Noah's Arf
Nob Hill Bar & Grill

NW Portland Hostel & Guesthouse
On Deck Sports Bar
 OnPoint Community Credit Union
Oxalis
Pacific Pie Co.
Papa Haydn
Pastini Pastaria
Pitman Family Dentistry

Salt & Straw

Santa Fe Taqueria
Sasha Welford - Debbie Thomas Real Estate
SELCO Community Credit Union

Serratto Restaurant & Bar
Slabtown Community Festival
Sniff Dog Hotel
21st Avenue Bar & Grill
Twist Frozen Yogurt & Coffee Bar
Uptown EyeCare & Optical, P.C.
Vintners Cellar
Windermere Stellar


Our Tours in the News!


"Ryerson chose stops on the tour based on what he thought
was significant from his extensive research through news-
papers and public records.
Some stops are regal-looking
mansions with
elaborate architecture; some look
insignificant
but carry an extensive history."
                                             -- Sara Hottman, The Oregonian
                                                                         February, 2013

"He's familiar with virtually every building in
the neighborhood."
                      -- Polina Olsen, Oregon Jewish Life Magazine
                                                                                July, 2013

"Mike is the fourth generation of his family to live around
here, so he speaks with authority and he has historic
databases at his fingertips."

                                            --Janet Eastman, The Oregonian
                                                                      December, 2013

GUIDED WALKING TOURS
INFORMATION
"We tour Northwest Portland year 'round!"


Northwest Tour #1
Nob Hill
Alphabet District

Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

 

Northwest Tour #2
Historic
Slabtown

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.


Northwest Tour #3
Historic Homes
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
(Except during our Second
Sunday Tour & Vintners
Cellar Wine Tasting)

or by appointment for
parties of six or more.

TOUR RATES
Adults - $20
Seniors (65 and up) $18
Youths (11-17) $18
Children (5-10) $10
Tots - Free

Private Group Tours
and
School Field Trips
Rates Available


We Accept
VISA
MasterCard
American Express
and Discover


RESERVATIONS
REQUIRED

Call 503-206-4676
or email Mike at
mikeryerson@comcast.net


GIFT TOURS
AVAILABLE
Guided walking tours make great
gifts for any occasion.

There is no expiration date and they are
redeemable for any one of our three
Northwest Portland 
History Tours.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS!



About your tour guides . . .

Mike Ryerson was born in Northwest Portland in 1940 and he's
a fourth-generation resident of the neighborhood. He's a noted

historian, writer, photographer, and producer of several historic
slide presentations compiled from his collection of nearly 100,000 images. Mike has been credited for bringing back the historic
"Nob Hill" name beginning in the late 1970s. He recently
co-authored a book called Portland's Slabtown with local
historians Norm Gholston and Tracy J. Prince.

Former Northwest Portlander Tanya Lyn March received her
doctoral degree in Urban Studies from Portland State University
in 2010, focusing on historic preservation and community
development. She has a master's degree in Historic Preservation
from Columbia University and is raising two young boys who
attend Metropolitan Learning Center in Northwest Portland.
She is currently working on a book about home front experiences
of children who lived in the Guild's Lake Courts war housing
in Northwest Portland during World War II.
Check out her history treasured blog at:
http://historicpreservationclub.blogspot.com.

For guided walking tour reservations, information about slide presentations, or Northwest Portland historic research, email Mike at
mikeryerson@comcast.net or call 503-206-4676.
His mobile number is 971-202-6269.

Mike Ryerson guiding his
first tour at NW 21st &
Irving in 1942.


Tour Assistant
Dr. Tanya March


Mike's History
Fun Facts #12

Would Jesus have shopped here?


He may not have been a regular customer,
but many shoppers were very "faithful"
to this 23rd Avenue business.
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 When Jon Heil opened his Better Beef &
Bible store in the summer of 1976, rents for 
prime retail spaces on the not-yet-Trendy-
Third Avenue were still very inexpensive.
The sharp young marketing graduate took a
chance and opened a small shop in the former
Arrow Ambulance office at the corner of NW
23rd & Hoyt Street to specialized in what
he loved best. Good quality beef,
and the good book.
Heil, who was a Christian, had been a sales-
man for Attilla Meat Company, so he knew
his merchandise well.
His unique business served the neighborhood
until the early 1980s . . . mostly with beef.

 (The spot is now the home of Ether Shoes.)