Friday, May 23, 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?

9 comments:

WendyB said...

You have an eye for the odd detail! Part of my word verification is "ma" so I take that as a sign to say "Say hi to Mama for me!"

GMG said...

Nicely spotted!
Loved to see the Studebaker; it's incredible, but I still remember as if it was yesterday: in the late 50s there was a neighbour who owned a studebaker - the dream car for all the kids in the neighbourhood... ;)
Curves, reflections and glass is also a wonderful picture!
Thanks for your comment on Blogtrotter, which is still around Marrakesh. Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

Jim said...

Thats funny, wonder if old maps say Arnold. Guess he wasnt has important as Grant.

Denton said...

I wonder if the street was originally named for Benedict Arnold ... I find it wonderful the little things I notice now and which I missed before sharing a photo every day.

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Paz said...

LOL! How interesting.

Paz

brian said...

neat post, and they shouldn't be able to change street names like that!! nice observation!

Granny J said...

Perhaps Mr. Arnold's first name was Grant -- or Mr. Grant's first name was Arnold. One never knows about these civic matters.

dobrien said...

A lot of the time, you'll see the cement contractor stamp its business name into the work. Not sure if this is the case or not. I luv your blog btw!!

dobrien said...

After looking at your photo again, it appears that the "S" is the beginning of "Street" -- just like you imply. There was, in fact, a large-scale street-renaming overhaul during the early 1930s. Before that, things were a bit of a mess for the post office ...