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    An Otherwise Useless Space, the Garden...
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Kenton Transportation

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    by glabah Written Jun 3, 2014

    MAX Yellow line trains from downtown operate once every 15 minutes during much of the day, with less frequency as demand decreases at night. The MAX station here in Kenton is right next to the Paul Bunyan statue.

    This line heads to the Expo Center, which when it was built was the livestock exhibition center. The cattle artwork on the station handrail may be obscure to those who do not realize this (see photo 3).

    As with the MAX stations anywhere in Portland, you must buy a ticket before boarding, or have a pass of some sort.

    MAX Station for Kenton is Near Bunyan Statue Typical MAX Station is Functional Note Cattle on Railing, a Note of Expo Center
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Kenton Off The Beaten Path

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    by glabah Written Jun 4, 2014

    Tiny but reasonably well maintained, the Kenton Rose Garden has actually won a few awards over the years from the Portland Rose Festival Association. It adds a nice patch of color to an area of Portland that has been neglected for far too long. There are only a few pathways in the garden, and no benches at the current time.

    The garden is located north of Interstate Avenue, in a small triangle west of Interstate Place and south of McClellan Street. It is approximately three blocks east of the Kenton MAX station.

    Kenton Rose Garden is Denoted by Sign Kenton Rose Garden is Small, but Good Use of Space An Otherwise Useless Space, the Garden Works Here Kenton Rose Garden only has A Few Pathways Note Award Signs from Portland Rose Festival

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    by glabah Written Jan 22, 2010

    Located on the south side of the intersection of North Interstate Avenue and North Denver Avenue, there is a small plaza with a large Paul Bunyan statue facing north.

    The plaza features a few concrete benches, which are not exceptionally comfortable, a small paved open space, and the markers noting the placement of the statue in 1959.

    The statue was placed here by local Kenton businesses when the Oregon Centennial celebration was ongoing at what is now the Metropolitan Exposition Center, which is slightly over one mile north of the statue. Naturally the statue faces north.

    Naturally, that also means that the statue faces AWAY from Kenton, which means the fair citizens of Kenton are now eternally blessed with a spectacular view of a very large rear end facing their community - as is anyone visiting the benches in the plaza.

    Original Constructors were part of the Kenton Businessmen's Club, 1959, and many of those operations no longer exist:

    American Lumber
    City of Roses Motel
    Don Hall Laboratories
    Drs. Riedel & Gregg
    First National Bank
    Fred Shearer & Son
    Fred Smethurst
    G & H Volume Market
    Gilbert's Towing
    Interstate Bowling
    Kenton Machine Works
    Kenton Supply
    N.W. Plasterer Bureau
    Portland Woolen Mills
    Simpson Timber Co.
    Terminal Cleaners

    Those who were involved in the 1985 - 1986 restoration effort:

    Columbia Lions Club
    Boy Scout Troop 71
    Special Thanks to the Merchants and Citizens of the Kenton District without whom we would have not successded. Thank you all.

    Those who contributed to the restoration effort of 1999:

    Don Arambula
    Dick Ballweber
    Mangus & Monica Bernhardt
    Jason Eatwell
    Noel Gadbois
    Larry Hall
    Dermit Houston
    David and Kristin Johnson
    Vicky Lien
    Pat McCurdy
    Larry Mills
    Alta Mitchoff
    David Myers-Eatwell
    Victor R. Nelson
    Nick Santangelo
    Peter Teneau
    Astro Western Station
    Brattain International
    Chris Osbeck
    Helen Johns Foundation
    Joni Hoffman
    Island Sand & Sales
    Jubitz Corporation
    North Borland Business Association
    Plaid Pantry Markets
    Portland General Electric
    Portland Water Bureau
    Powell Distributiong Co.
    RL Enterprises
    Star - Oilco
    Triad Mechanical
    Zenith Industries

    Getting Here: Using public transit, it is easy to get here on MAX. The Kenton / N. Denver Avenue MAX station is right across the street from the plaza and statue. You would need to take the Yellow Line going north from downtown Portland. This statue is also located on bus route #6 to Janzen Beach.

    From Interstate 5, get off the freeway at Exit 307 (Delta Park) and go west a very short distance. You will then have to get on a southbound entrance ramp to Interstate Avenue going south. Continue south until you intersect Denver Avenue, and the statue will be staring down at you.

    Paul Bunyan Statue is significant Kenton landmark Paul Bunyan as seen from the MAX station platform plaza at the Paul Bunyan statue & concrete benches plaque remarking the installation of Paul Bunyan plaque remarking the 1986 Paul Bunyan restoration
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