The Northwest Industrial District sits upon what was formerly Guild’s Lake—a flood-prone lowland near the confluence of a creek and the Willamette River. It is perhaps best known as the site of the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905, which drew more than 1 million visitors and is commonly attributed as the reason for Portland’s rapid population growth between 1905 and 1910. The lake was eventually filled in. During World War 2, the land was used for temporary housing for workers in the shipyards nearby. After the War, it was slowly converted to use for industrial plants and storage until 2001, when it was deemed Portland’s “industrial sanctuary.” Today, it is largely home to a mix of industrial buildings and retail locations.
The Northwest Industrial District is one of the least populated neighborhoods in Portland, with population estimates hovering near 20-30 people. The majority of the land is devoted to the Guild’s Lake Industrial Sanctuary.
Northwest Industrial Attractions
No other neighborhood in the city can boast the economic impact that the Northwest Industrial District offers to Portland. Extending from the Willamette River to US 30 and from I 405 to Linnton, dozens of industrial and manufacturing businesses, warehouses, wholesalers and retail merchants create the backbone of the area’s industry.
The Northwest Industrial District is close to a number of iconic Portland destinations such as Cathedral Park and the St. John’s Bridge, the University of Portland campus, Sauvie Island, and more. In addition, the Northwest Industrial area is nearby the Northwest District, which includes a number of dining and shopping destinations. Forest Park is a close-by attraction for hiking, biking, and trail running.
Zip Code: 97210
Almost all errands require a car.
A few nearby public transportation options.
Flat as a pancake, minimal bike lanes.