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Huck and Tom: 1936

Huck and Tom: 1936

July 1936. "Longview Homesteads. Longview, Washington." View full size. Medium-format negative by Arthur Rothstein, Resettlement Administration.

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My house

I have lived in this house for 20 years!

Longview Update

If anyone's still following this one: I was in touch with the helpful librarian at Longview Public Library, who did some digging for me. She reports:

I believe the house is located at 3621 Oak Street. It has been changed very little compared to many of the houses. There is a little 2-3 foot “pop-out” addition that covers the rear window visible in the photo. There is an attached garage with a breeze-way on the side of the house that is hidden from view. The slough is still there, a bit more overgrown. That whole area was river valley floor & it flooded most years; when Long-Bell came in they diked the whole part of the valley to the west of the Cowlitz River. So, that whole Columbia Valley Gardens/Mint Valley area is criss-crossed with sloughs or underground drains.

She's happy because my inquiry to her took her on a path to discover some unknown-to-her photos which, happily, will help fill in some gaps in the local-history story. Yay, Shorpy!

My hometown!

I never thought I'd see little ol' Longview on Shorpy. This is where I grew up (graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1989). There are a large number of homes like this, widely spaced, in the northwestern parts of the city. The white house in the background looks very much like one that my mother "flipped" a few years ago. I'll ask her.

Anyway, maybe Longview's better known than I'm aware, but if not, I'd like to say that it is a fascinating city. Touted as the first planned city, it's got some beautiful streets, the man-made Lake Sacagawea, and some wonderful architecture.

R.A. Long High School (built 1927)

Longview Public Library

Lake Sacagawea

And, of course, Nutty Narrows Bridge (squirrels really use it all the time)

Longview Homesteads

The neighborhood has been tagged in Google Maps. The creek is clearly visible, and the house plots still appear large. This could still be a contemporary scene in many parts of the Northwest.

Re: Cute Little House

The caption under the photo says what neighborhood this is: Longview Homesteads. It was a Resettlement Administration housing project.

Cute Little House

I couldn't find any contemporary photos of the house via a Google image search, but sent a query to the Longview Public Library, asking if they could identify the neighborhood. I'll report back if I learn anything.

Perhaps even the current owner of the home could be directed to the 1936 photo--that'd be cool!


That's a cute little house. I'd be interested to see how it has aged and how that stream looks now.

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