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July 25, 2021


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As another Portland Landmark bites the dust, there really isn't much left of what made Portland, Oregon special.

Is it their responsibility to leave their business in perpetuity as you and others knew it and loved it?

You on this site run quite a few glimpses into the past. Radio stations, car dealers, retail outlets, are you and others going to hold them to the same requirements?

Life changes and goes on, the Alpenrose folks are no different.

Just checked the auction live online and the wagon in this photo sold for $8,000, the stagecoach sold for $4,500 and the 1937 DIVCO Alpenrose milk truck sold for $30,000.

As much as people hate to hear it, Phillip is correct.

I remember when my little league team got to play a game in Alpenrose stadium. We felt so cool, sitting in real dugouts, playing on a grass infield, under the lights. I remember when my kids got to play at Alpenrose too.

I remember going to the quarter-midget races at Alpenrose, walking through Dairyville, and when our school visited on a field trip, and we got to squeeze a cow udder.

But nothing lasts forever and under today's rules, the property was worth more to the Cadonau family by selling it than keeping it. They weren't interested in operating it and the Smith Brothers from Kent, Washington, were interested in owning the name, but not the little dairy and all its appurtenances.

Look at the Hayhurst area on Google Maps. The dairy is surrounded by houses. The land was clearly worth more as a subdivision than it was as a dairy. And so it goes.

I just won the Alpenrose "Tracey's Toy Store" on a low bid.

Unbelievable. A whole room full of antiques, perfect for my vintage store!

I hope other Stumpers are bidding on stuff too; keep it in the family.

What do you suppose will become of the milk truck? For $30,000 they'd better have some big plans.

The Cadenau immediate family wanted to keep the property, the greedy aunts and others won, unfortunately, and have sold out. We need more green land, farm areas, not puked up ridiculously priced condos.Never again will I buy an "Alpenrose" product. It isnt Alpenrose.

Jann, what kept the immediate family from buying out the greedy? I don't know, but I imagine that everyone got some of the spoils, and in the interest of public imagery some kvetched about it.

One part of the family sued the other part of the family, but the suit was settled out of court. So, I'm guessing that everyone got what they wanted out of the deal, you know, moneywise. The thing is that no one was interested in operating the family business.

There's also that things were starting to get rundown and Alpenrose wasn't the attraction it had once been. When my kid's Little League teams played at Alpenrose -- and this was almost 30 years ago -- I looked around and couldn't believe how shoddy things were. I can only imagine how bad they'd become since.

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