The beautiful City of Portland is a delight best discovered on foot. The growing city is blooming with new parks, high-rise condos and transportation system interwoven with wonderfully preserved historical elements of her past.
The “Portland” sign pictured above is a copy because when they were moving the original from the elegant Portland Publix Theatre (and later named the Paramount Theatre) it fell and broke! Presently it is named the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and is one of the 5 venues that makes up the Portland’5 Center for the Performing Arts. (PCPA is the fifth largest center for performing arts in the United States with more than 1,000 performances and one million patrons annually.)
Names and Faces of Portland: The City of Roses, PDX, Stumptown, and Bridgetown
Purchasing an all-day pass to use on the Portland Streetcar, MAX (Tri-Met’s light rail train) and buses can be a great help covering the distances and saving the cost and dilemma of parking.
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Iconic Benson Bubblers
In 1912, Simon Benson, a local businessman and philanthropist, donated $10,000 to the City of Portland to purchase and install 20 bronze drinking fountains, now known as Benson Bubblers. The freely flowing fountains serve up fresh – never recycled – Bull Run water.
A.E. Doyle, a prolific architect of the day, designed the four-bowl Benson Bubbler. His works include the Central branch of the Multnomah County Library, Multnomah Falls Lodge and Multnomah Stadium (now known as Providence Park) as well as a multitude of commercial buildings and private residences still in use today.
When Henry Pittock and his future wife Georgiana Burton arrived, separately, by wagon trains in the 1850s, Portland was a muddy village, isolated from the rest of the United States and the world.Henry found work as a typesetter at The Weekly Oregonian newspaper, and became the paper’s owner and publisher. Georgiana Pittockwas a founder and fundraiser for many charities and organizations including the Rose Festival and International Test Garden.
Portlandia and The Portland Building
City of Parks and Fountains: Portland has over 8100 acres of parkland.
Want to visit Portland? I’d love to Meet You in the Morning and we can do just that.