A Photographic Memory
HOW LAKE GROVE GOT ITS NAME: Steel cars painted fire-engine red, plush green upholstery and distinctive porthole windows characterized the Southern Pacific's interurban Red Electric trains. The fare for the 30-minute trip from Portland to Oswego was 10 cents. Beginning in January 1914, the first trains pulled into the Oswego depot and other area stations, such as Wilsonia, Goodin, Bryant and Cook.
The Lake View Park station had been built in 1913 on the west end of Oswego Lake near what is today's Lake Grove Swim Park. By 1914, the stop's name had been changed to Lake Grove. Sixty-four years after the town of Oswego was founded, this Red Electric train station gave the Lake Grove area its name. The Red Electrics ran for a total of only 15 years until 1929, when automobiles and buses rendered them obsolete.
"A Photographic Memory" is researched and written by Marylou Colver, founder and president of the Lake Oswego Preservation Society and author of "Lake Oswego Vignettes." Watch for more photos from Lake Oswego's past on the first Thursday of every month in The Review.