Thursday, May 22, 2008

What's in a name? A mystery, that's what.

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Mother's Day afternoon, walking along enjoying the iPod the guys gave me, I noticed a word on the curb that surprised me enough that I had to turn around and go back to see if I'd read what I thought I'd read. Yep, Arnold. I turned and looked diagonally across the street and read the street signs.
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I was on the corner of SE 37th and SE Grant Court, not SE 37th and E. Arnold Street. Hmmmm. A mystery, to be sure--why and when the name change? A quick check of Google turned up nothing. I wonder if I'll find other such mysteries on walks around Portland? Or if someone who knows something about this will make a comment to enlighten us?

Do you have any of these in your city?

2 comments:

honesty said...

There is a SW Arnold St. in Portland, as well as an Arnold Creek. There's gotta be something in the local annals. Like in NYCity, there are tiny parts of old streets left, where they cut through, rebuilt and renamed parts of the city and streets. With some research there's a history somewhere. Someone wanted to remember it and was smart enough to place its memory in the concrete.

honesty said...

Hey, is that a retained piece of old trolley rail in the photo? I can't tell.

I don't live in Portland and never have been. I'm just an East Coaster.