Garden Home History Project Newsletters

August 2018 Newsletter (PDF)

2018 April Newsletter (PDF)

2017 December Newsletter (PDF)

2017 July Newsletter (PDF)

2017 February Newsletter (PDF)

2016 August Newsletter (PDF) and BHS history chronology special insert (PDF)

2016 May Newsletter (PDF)

2016 February Newsletter (PDF)

2015 November Newsletter (PDF)

2015 January Newsletter (PDF)

2013 Fall Newsletter (PDF)

2013 Spring Newsletter (PDF)

2012 Summer Newsletter (PDF)

2012 Spring Newsletter (PDF)

2012 Winter Newsletter (PDF)

2011 August Newsletter (PDF)

2011 June Newsletter (PDF)

2011 February Newsletter (PDF)

2010 May Newsletter (PDF)

Maps and Aerial Photos of Garden Home

Garden Home School from E

Garden Home School from E

Donna Arndt Oliver has given us an outstanding collection of 21 aerial photos of the Garden Home area from 1949 to 1957 taken by her father, Otto Arndt. The family lived in Garden Home. We thank Donna Oliver for this gift and Bob Cram for digitizing these photos from the negatives.


2013 AAA map

2013 AAA map

Richfield Gas Station map, circa 1940's

Richfield Gas Station map, circa 1940’s. Note the street names have not yet been changed to numbered avenues.

1909 map of Garden Home

1909 map of Garden Home

Portland Community College Student Research Reports

Brendon Slattery (2018) prepared a research report on the lines and station locations of the Oregon Electric Railway. Click here to view his maps.

Spenser Kuroda (2017) created the following report as a PCC student project. The report maps structures existing in various aerial photographs of Garden Home taken over the decades. Click the link below to read Spenser’s full report with many maps.

Maps of Garden Home Buildings by Decade of Construction – by Spenser Kuroda (PDF)

Garden Home structures by decade of construction.

Erin Woolbright (2017) created the following report as a PCC student project. The report describes the route of the Oregon Electric Railway, the historic floodplains of Fanno and Ash creeks, and the geologic makeup of the land in Garden Home.

OER and GH floodplain report by Erin Woolbright (PDF)

Garden Home Street Name Changes

The names of Garden Home streets and roads have changed over time. Garden Home Road was earlier known as Nichol Street. Oleson Road was known as Rex Street.

Many of the streets, especially those that dead-ended off of Garden Home Road, were considered lanes and often held descriptive names such as Orchard, Firlock, and Forest. In accordance with changes dictated by the U.S. Postal Service, the lanes became numbered streets sometime after 1949 when these changes were made.

Garden Home street names, circa 1949

Garden Home street names, circa 1949

Related history societies and other organizations

Garden Home Recreation Center

Garden Home Community Library

Garden Home Gardeners

Washington County Museum

Multnomah Historical Society

Beaverton Historical Society

Tigard Historical Association

Tualatin Historical Society

The Oregon Historical Society

The Washington County Oral History Project
(see also related post) is a popular Portland History blog.

List of recent and current sites for Oregon and National Registration of historic importance. “Oregon’s National Register and Survey Program is part of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), located within the Heritage Programs division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The program assists property owners, governments, and interested citizens in identifying and listing Oregon’s most historically important resources in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the nation’s official list of buildings, structures, districts, sites and objects significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, and culture, and is maintained by the National Park Service in Washington D.C.”

The Restore Oregon organization is interested in the historic preservation of sites in Oregon.

Online archives of early Oregon newspapers is the new website from U. of O. with digitized copies of early Oregon newspapers, from 1846 to 1922.  A limited number of editions have been completed. To facilitate your search, go to SEARCH in the top line, select the desired newspapers and date range. Then enter the name under the Phrase blank which allows for use of first name or initials. Very fascinating. We’ve found a few items related to Garden Home. Let us know if you find something great!

Related Neighborhoods


Nestled in the heart of Garden Home, Arranmore is a well planned development of 143 homes connected by 3 miles of paved pathways through grassy acres of common ground governed with Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. Residents enjoy an in ground swimming pool & spa during the summer months and the luxury of lawn care year round, all at a reasonable price! This neighborhood is conveniently located to downtown Portland and close to shopping and restaurants. A variety of home styles and amenities are represented in this well maintained neighborhood.
(Joe Schoen, webmaster)

Maplewood is an old community between Garden Home and Multnomah. This website has two attachments at the very bottom of the document: the tour that was offered this year and the 1975 centennial history written by Marjorie E. Hoffman, wife of an early Swiss dairyman. Wonderful photos.

Rummer home

Rummer home

Rummer Home Owners Connection

This is the place where Rummer Home Owners in the Bohmann / Vista Brooke / Garden Home Area as well as the Greater Portland Metro can visit together and ask for help and give suggestions.


Resources for further information about Garden Home or area:

Scholls Ferry Tales by Margaret Putnam Hesse.  Published by the Groner Women’s Club, Scholls, Oregon 1976.  Prepared in celebration of the nation’s bicentennial.  Available through Washington County Cooperative Libraries.  Photos, stories, maps about the Scholls area.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue by Ray Pitz. Published by Arcadia Publishing. 2012.  Available through the Washington County Cooperative Libraries.  Has four photos of Garden Home fires:  two of  Upchurch Grocery fire, two of brush fire on King street.  All photos on this website.

Garden Home – the way it was edited by Mapes, Virginia. Printed by Beaverton School District 48. 1980. Available through Washington County Cooperative Libraries. Currently out of print but put a request in to Powell’s Beaverton book store.

Traces of the Past by MacWilliiam, Jill and Mapes, Virginia. Printed by Beaverton School Disctrict 48. 1984. Available through Washington County Cooperative Libraries. Out of print but search book stores.

Portland’s Multnomah Village by Hamilton, Nanci. Arcadia Publishing 2007.

A Centennial History of Washington County Oregon “Written and assembled by Members of the Extension Study Groups of Washington County and others” not dated but apparently 1959 as a bicentennial project. Available through Washington County libraries.

Tigardville Tigard, A History of Tigard by Payne, Mary.  Copyright 1979, 2nd edition 1982

School Days, A History of Public Schools In and Around Beaverton, Oregon 1856-2000 by Varner, Gerald H. Written and published in cooperation with Beaverton School District 48, 2000.

Tualatin. From the Beginning by Loyce Martinazzi and Karen Nygaard, 2004. One of four books published by Tualatin Historical Society.

CHAKEIPI: The Place of the Beaver. The History of Beaverton, Oregon 1893-1993 by Mapes, Virginia. Published by City of Beaverton, 1993. Hard bound, very well done.

Willamette Valley Railways by Richard Thompson, 2008. Published by Arcadia Publishing. Includes history of Oregon Electric and Red Electric rail lines through Garden Home.


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