Hawthorne Boulevard used to be Asylum Avenue

Mary Phelps Montgomery moved to Portland from Missouri in her 20s with her husband James. Jeff and I moved here in our 20s from Wisconsin. She came west on the first stage coach. Jeff and I came west with a U-Haul. She built the Phelps-Montgomery house in 1907 before the Hawthorne Bridge was completed in 1910.

In the late 1800s, the Oregon Hospital for the Insane was down between 9th and 12th on then Asylum Boulevard, later changed to Hawthorne after Dr. Hawthorne who ran the hospital. Eventually everyone was moved to the Oregon State Hospital, where Ken Kesey's One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed in 1975. 

For more info on Hawthorne: http://www.oregonlive.com/history/2015/07/past_tense_oregon_se_hawthorne.html

Posted on July 14, 2015 .