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African American History

Portland's Historic Golden West Hotel

Bill Hart introduces the Golden West Hotel, an African American hotel (currently located at SW Broadway and Everett) that catered mostly to railroad workers at Union Station from 1906 to the 1950s. From the 1910s to the 1930s, the African American community thrived within and around this hotel with various businesses including restaurants, churches, and barbershops. Currently, Central City Concern (a non-profit organization aiding in ending homelessness) is currently remodeling and caring for the building for the sake of historically preserving the Golden West and today, panels and oral histories of the hotel are publicly accessible right outside the hotel to spark people's interest about the rich history of the hotel.

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The Golden West Hotel

Leaving a historic mark in Portland's African American history

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A Jewel Within the African American Community

Looking back at the history of the Golden West Hotel, looking forward to its future

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A Thriving, Welcoming Place

Portland's African American hub

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Hustle and Bustle

The Glory Days of Golden West and Various Businesses

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Community Outreach

Sharing Golden West's history with the public

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Obstacles to Growth

Racism and segregation's negative impact on Portland's African American community

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A Reflection of Its Time

Golden West architecture

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Restoration to Glory

Rejuvenating, renovating, and restoring the Golden West

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Bittersweet Reflections

Mixed feelings for the Golden West Hotel