Terminal 6 Turns 40
It was 40 years ago that Terminal 6 opened for a formal dedication ceremony – and the “most modern container facility on the Pacific Coast” was officially open for business.
On the morning of October 31, 1974, plans called for Oregon Governor Tom McCall and Portland Mayor Neil Goldschmidt to drive a tractor through a blue ribbon held by Commission President Alan Green, Jr. and ILWU Local 8 President Don Ronne, but in stereotypical Oregon fashion, heavy rains moved the ribbon cutting indoors.
Built at a cost of $17 million, the terminal began with just a 66-acre footprint and two 900-foot berths. Over the past four decades, the now 419-acre terminal has been an economic engine, employment generator and trade gateway for more than 1,000 businesses throughout the region.
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