Vanport was once Oregon’s second largest city, created as a wartime housing development for Kaiser Shipyard. Located in the Kenton neighborhood, it was home to 40,000, but was washed away in a flood on May 30, 1948. Today, all that remains are the memories of the survivors and their families, and a small piece of concrete foundation from the original Vanport movie theater. The Vanport Places project will mark physical locations of historic Vanport — providing common ground for individuals and communities to connect and share memories, stories, and experiences of Vanport.
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Donate to Vanport Places today to help us honor the cultural and historical significance of this site. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.