Burlingame is the name of a street near Wilson High School and it first appeared on the Burlingame plat from 1910. The city in California that is named Burlingame may have inspired the name. The whole area south of Wilson High School and Capitol Highway to Barbur Boulevard and Riverview Cemetary on the east, Collins View on the south and Multnomah on the west was formed by taking land away from the Fulton Park District which was formed in 1888. The area that is now south of Interstate 5 was referred to as South Burlingame.
Capitol Hill refers to a small hill in southwest Portland developed with residential view property and it was listed as a subdivision in 1907. The name may have originated because it was on the main highway to Salem, Oregon’s capitol. Capitol Hill School opened in 1913.
Fulton Park refers to the original Fulton Park District which consisted of 411 acres and was formed on July 20, 1888 when Philip A. Marquam sold the land to the South West Portland Company for $150,000. It included the present-day South Burlingame neighborhood as well as an eight block corridor of land that follows Terwilliger Boulevard north from Interstate 5 to Capitol Highway.
The long-closed Fulton Park Elementary School, which was built in 1914, is now the Fulton Park Community Center. Portland Parks and Recreation acquired the building and the property in 1958.
Hillsdale, which is also the name of a street in Hillsdale, was the name given to the area north of Wilson High School and Burlingame and the name has been in use since pioneer days. The word “hill” is derived from the Anglo-Saxon and Norse regions of Europe. “Dale” means a small valley or dell.
Distinguished early settlers included the Slavin and Dosch families, world-famous horticulturalist Dr. Cardwell, the well-known circus man Isaac Baird and the famous minstrel George H. Primrose, head of the Primrose Minstrels.