The neighborhood includes Swan Island, originally an island in the Willamette, but connected to the east bank by landfill in the 1920s. Swan Island was the site of Portland's first airport, Swan Island Airport, dedicated by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 and operating until the early 1940s when the island was converted to naval shipbuilding use for World War II. Swan Island is now an industrial area.
Overlook survives test of time for good, low-cost housing They said it would not last past the war's end. Half a century later, the residents have proved the skeptics wrong.
Sep 30, 2006; RIVERSIDE -- overlook Mutual Homes have come a long way from barracks-style housing with coal stoves along dirt roads,...