'Last of the old Portland': Cameron's Books closing this weekend after 83 years in business

A former long-time employee raised money for a short-term lease and saved the shop in late 2019. But it wasn’t enough.

PORTLAND, Ore. — After 83 years, the final chapter of Portland’s oldest used bookstore is ending.

Cameron’s Books & Magazines hung on through the pandemic and protests, but the Downtown Portland fixture will close on Saturday.

Outside Cameron’s Books on the corner of Southwest 3rd and Harvey Milk, Portlanders didn’t hide their disappointment.

“It had beauty, it had art, it had culture,” one long-time patron said.

“To me it’s almost as catastrophic if Powell’s closed down,” Dorthea Petersen said.

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