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                                                                         community history


Mississippi Avenue currently boasts some of Portland's
finest restaurants and creative entrepreneurs, however
many transitions have been recognized throughout its' history.

Long ago Mississippi Avenue was home to the
Clackamas Indians. In the mid 1800s, shipyard
workers and their families from Germany, Norway,
Denmark, Sweden, and Finland resided on Mississippi.
By the turn of the century, two streetcar lines crossed
at the intersection of Mississippi and Shaver, providing
local residents with a main street that offered local
goods, services, entertainment, and jobs. Later,
African Americans displaced by the 1948 Vanport
flood were segregated to the area where they created
a rich tapestry of life and culture. Postwar relocation
programs resulted in the area becoming home, once
again, to Northwest Native Americans.

Today, recent revitalization efforts continue to preserve
the avenue's distinctive historic character.

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