- Published: Sunday, 26 July 2009 17:00
- Written by Brian Stimson of The Skanner News
Before gentrification, before Northeast redlining, and before Vanport – there was the Golden West Hotel. Sitting in the shadow of Union Station, where a large number of African Americans found gainful employment, the Golden West was a community gathering place for pool games, drinks, meals, haircuts and even a Turkish bath. The early part of the 20th century was kind to the grand hotel and the surrounding Black-owned businesses – the Depression was not. In the late '80s, a group of concerned citizens formed the Friends of Golden West group ...