History

Welcome to the Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association history project. Our goal is to introduce the unique history of the Cathedral Park neighborhood. Our posts will be based on historical documents, eye witness accounts and recollections of long time residents. These will be in no particular historical order, just the whims and interests of the writers and contributors. Our disclaimer, we will try as hard as we can to be accurate. However, as with anything based on memory, there can be more than one version of the truth. The history of the Cathedral Park Neighborhood, the north Portland peninsula, and the community of St Johns are commingled completely as James John platted his city on the shore of the Willamette in what is now Cathedral Park, and St Johns incorporated as a city many years later on the ‘heights’ where the current business district is centered.