The 1940s photo above was taken about a half block east of Bond Street, looking west on Oregon Avenue. To the right (north) in the above photo is the Bank of Bend; the building was built in 1912 as the First National Bank building. Today that structure is gone and in its place is the home of U.S. Bank. On the left (south) is the O’Kane building, built by Hugh O’Kane in 1916. Through the years the main floor housed many businesses including the Grand Theater, Cashman’s Clothing Store, Magill Drug Pharmacy and Symons Bros. Jewlery. The second floor was mostly medical and professional offices, including office space for Deschutes County in 1916 after the county was created, and the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. It was the first building in Bend to be constructed from reinforced concrete and steel and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Two and a half blocks away, at the end of Oregon Avenue, The Pine Tavern Restaurant sits in front of the two large pine trees. The restaurant opened in 1936. Later, an addition to the popular establishment enclosed the trees within a dining area facing the Deschutes River.
The Piggly Wiggly came to Bend in the 1920s, originally located at 143 Oregon Ave.
After moving several times over the years due to it’s need to grow, it finally came to 514 Franklin Ave. in 1940, and according to reports this popular grocery store more than doubled in its business.
The 50-by-100-foot building was constructed in three months, using poured concrete and sporting several large skylights. It had enough parking for 100 cars. In 1956 it was remodeled, adding 7,250 square feet of space. Many remember Rollie Anderson as the store manager at that time, having started working at the store in the early ’30s as head salesman.
Today the building is home to Schliebe’s L.I.F.T. fitness.