Central Eastside, Portland, Oregon

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Coordinates: 45°30′54″N122°39′39″W / 45.515097°N 122.660782°W / 45.515097; -122.660782 Coordinates: 45°30′54″N122°39′39″W / 45.515097°N 122.660782°W / 45.515097; -122.660782 PDF map
Country United States
State Oregon
City Portland
  Total1.11 sq mi (2.9 km2)

The Central Eastside is a subdistrict of Portland, Oregon, United States, situated in Southeast Portland along the east bank of the Willamette River. It makes up a part of Portland's Central City district.



In 1845, Oregon Trail pioneer James B. Stephens laid claim to 640 acres (260 ha) across the Willamette River from the then-newly established Portland townsite. [2] The land had been controlled by John McLoughlin of the Hudson’s Bay Company, [3] [4] :2 and its location along the east bank of the river—with its marshes, creeks, and sloughs—made development challenging. [5] :3 Stephens established the Stark Street Ferry, whose paddle wheel was powered by a mule on a treadmill, to link the east and west sides of the river in 1848. [6] On April 16, 1868, the Oregon Central Railroad broke ground at the settlement, which by then was being referred to as East Portland. [7] Its railroad extended to Salem the following year and helped to start the development of an economy based on the shipment of agricultural products across the Willamette Valley. [8] The railroad led Stephens to incorporate the City of East Portland in 1870 with its population of 8,293. [4] :6 [9]

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