Goose Hollow, Portland, Oregon

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Goose Hollow
Goose Hollow is located in Portland, Oregon
Goose Hollow
Goose Hollow
Coordinates: 45°31′11″N 122°41′35″W / 45.51963°N 122.69299°W / 45.51963; -122.69299Coordinates: 45°31′11″N 122°41′35″W / 45.51963°N 122.69299°W / 45.51963; -122.69299PDF map
CountryUnited States
 • AssociationGoose Hollow Foothills League
 • CoalitionNeighbors West/Northwest
 • Total0.45 sq mi (1.17 km2)
 • Total5,433
 • Density12,000/sq mi (4,600/km2)
 • No. of households3792
 • Occupancy rate91% occupied
 • Owner-occupied540 households (14%)
 • Renting3252 households (86%)
 • Avg. household size1.43 persons

Goose Hollow is a neighborhood in southwest Portland, Oregon, United States. It acquired its distinctive name through early residents' practice of letting their geese run free in Tanner Creek Gulch and near the wooded ravine in the Tualatin Mountains known as the Tanner Creek Canyon.[2][3] Tanner Creek Gulch was a 20-block-long, 50-foot-deep (15 m) gulch (or hollow) that started around SW 17th and Jefferson and carried the waters of Tanner Creek into Couch Lake (now the site of Old Town/Chinatown and the Pearl District). Over a century ago, Tanner Creek was buried 50 feet (15 m) underground (where it still drains the West Hills), and the Tanner Creek Gulch was infilled.[4] Thus, the only remaining part of the hollow is the ravine (Tanner Creek Canyon) carved out by Tanner Creek through which The Sunset Highway carrying US-26 passes and which the Vista Bridge spans (also called the Vista Viaduct).[5]

The historically important Canyon Road connects to Jefferson Street underneath the Vista Bridge and was also called "The Great Plank Road." Canyon Road passed through Tanner Creek Canyon, which is how the road acquired its name. However, in the 1960s the section of Canyon Road that passes through the canyon was elevated (infilled with excavated dirt from Interstate 405's construction) and is now just a section of Highway 26. The Goose Hollow name had gone out of common usage for several decades until former mayor Bud Clark named his pub The Goose Hollow Inn in 1967 in an effort to "rekindle civic regard for the neighborhood."[6] Clark, today, resides in the Goose Hollow neighborhood.

Famous residents have included: Daniel H. Lownsdale, Charles Erskine Scott Wood, Congresswoman Nan Wood Honeyman, Erskine Wood, Dr. Marie Equi, John Reed, Abigail Scott Duniway, Julius Meier, Dr. Lendon Smith, Pietro Belluschi, Minor White, Milton Wilson, Chuck Palahniuk, Mayor Bud Clark, Ken Shores, George Johanson, and Jean Auel. [7]


Goose Hollow is adjacent to Downtown Portland, Arlington Heights, the Pearl District, the Hillside neighborhood, Northwest District and Washington Park. Providence Park, the Multnomah Athletic Club, and Lincoln High School, the oldest high school in the Pacific Northwest,[8] are located in Goose Hollow.

Areas included within the Goose Hollow neighborhood are King's Hill, Vista Ridge, Gander Ridge, and the adjacent flats near the path of Tanner Creek.[9] King's Hill is separated from Vista Ridge by the Tanner Creek Canyon spanned by the Vista Bridge. Vista Ridge (where the Vista Ridge Tunnels are located) is separated from Gander Ridge by Cable Car Canyon.[10] From 1890 to 1905 a steep and enormous trestle bridge passed through this canyon, carrying cable cars up to Portland Heights.[11] The neighborhood boundaries range (north/south) from Burnside Street to the low slopes of the West Hills (officially known as the Tualatin Mountains) and (east/west) from I-405 to Washington Park.

Goose Hollow's contemporary boundary and place names overlaid onto 1879 map

Points of interest[edit]

The MAX Light Rail system travels through the neighborhood, stopping at Providence Park, Kings Hill/SW Salmon and Goose Hollow/SW Jefferson St stations. Goose Hollow is also served by two major freeways: Interstate 405 (which divides it from Downtown Portland) and U.S. Route 26 (which passes under and through part of the neighborhood through the Vista Ridge Tunnels).

The Goose Hollow Inn, a tavern on SW Jefferson, is owned by former mayor Bud Clark.

Opening scenes for the 2004 film What the Bleep Do We Know!? were filmed in Goose Hollow and included views of the Vista Bridge and the Goose Hollow/SW Jefferson St (MAX station). In 2010, the title shot for Portlandia was photographed from Goose Hollow's Vista Bridge.[12]


  1. ^ a b Demographics (2000)
  2. ^ Gaston, Joseph (1912). "13". The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811–1912. 1.
  3. ^ Prince, p. 18.
  4. ^ Prince, p. 9.
  5. ^ Prince, p. 2.
  6. ^ Prince, p. 10.
  7. ^ Prince, p. 119-125.
  8. ^ "School History: Lincoln High School". Portland Public Schools. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  9. ^ Prince, p. 8.
  10. ^ Prince, p. 126.
  11. ^ Prince, p. 40, 43.
  12. ^ John Gottberg Anderson. "Filming in Oregon - Many locations across the state star in films over the years". The Bulletin - A Western Communications Company. Retrieved April 1, 2018.


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