The History Collection 


"The Working History Center"

People making things the way early Oregonians made them

 “We bring our working past to life”

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As a 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Organization, The History Collection will restore Montgomery Dock No. 2, located at 1300 N. River Street, Portland, Oregon into a multi-use, light industrial working history facility. This unique indoor/outdoor warehouse on the Willamette River, will house various historical and educational entities including:

  • Native American local tribes-making baskets, carving totems, fishing equipment, originally used in the region
  • Woodworkers-boat building, Willamette River Tender boats & canoes
  • Knitters/Weavers-making traditional clothes for work, home & church
  • Fisherman-demonstrating traditional netting & fishing on our public dock
  • Restaurateurs- preparing historic era meals and cuisine
  • Loggers-demonstrating timber bucking and hand-cutting methods
  • Blacksmiths-forging axes, knives, pans, saw and other metalwork
  • Portland Water Taxi dock and a river pilot-mechanic workshop
  • Maritime floating vessels and military history
  • Water front activities and other educational activities for the Portland Metro area
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A part of Portland's future plans

North Portland Greenway Trail

The Portland Central City 2035 Plan

The vision of a continuous trail along both sides of the Willamette River has long been promoted by trail advocates in Portland. In a continuing effort to complete this trail, Portland Parks & Recreation applied for and received a Regional Flexible Funds grant from Metro to determine the preferred alignment for the 10.4-mile-long North Portland Greenway Trail. The project trail corridor extends from the Eastbank Esplanade at the Steel Bridge to Kelley Point Park. The North Portland Greenway Trail is a key piece of the metropolitan trail system which allows people to travel from Washington to Oregon and the Columbia River to the Willamette River. As the system grows so do opportunities for alternative transportation and recreation. When the entire trail is finally finished, it will connect the most distant point of north Portland to downtown.


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In the picture above the red arrow points to the location of the River Street Warehouse. The orange dash trail indicates the proposed location of the North Portland Greenway Trail. You will notice the proposed trail goes directly in front of the Montgomery Dock No. 2

The Central City 2035 planning project is intended to help preserve our existing assets and guide us on a path to a truly livable, sustainable city center—a place where 1) equity is reflected in actions and decisions, 2) youth can thrive and emerge as future leaders, and 3) the heart of the city is prosperous, healthy and connected to the rest of the city and the region.

The Central City is more than tall buildings and commerce—it’s a rich cultural and civic center. It is an expression of how Portlanders view their place in the Pacific Northwest—a place that 1) supports the growth of local talent, industry and institutions, 2) connects with the stunning surrounding landscape and 3) advances a prosperous, healthy, educated and equitable community.


Two of the four Central City’s goals include:

  • Enhancing existing educational resources in the Central City to ensure greater educational success of youth, as well as creating a culture of life-long learning.
  • Facilitating business success and growth in the Central City and leveraging prosperity here to the benefit of Portlanders everywhere.


Willamette River

More than other feature in the regional landscape, the Willamette River has influenced the development of the city of Portland and its urban center. People live here because of a historic need to be near the river for food, water or commerce. However, proximity to the river has become less of an issue to the city’s long-term survival than in the past and, as a result, the river has often been forgotten in the daily life of the city. Universally, there is yearning to restore the connection with the Willamette. The reasons are varied; a desire for greater economic use of the river and waterfront and increased recreational use top the list. Stakeholders want to elevate the river to a significant positive element in the urban form of the city and increase opportunities for people to use the river’s edge and be on the water itself. There is a need to identify how and where best to enhance critical habitat intended to restore river health while expanding the use of the river and riverfront for economic growth.


The History Collection Working History Center will be located on the border of the N/NE Quadrant of the CC Plan 2035.