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.Related to:
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Kenton Off The Beaten Path
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.
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:
City of Roses Motel
Don Hall Laboratories
Drs. Riedel & Gregg
First National Bank
Fred Shearer & Son
G & H Volume Market
Kenton Machine Works
N.W. Plasterer Bureau
Portland Woolen Mills
Simpson Timber Co.
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:
Mangus & Monica Bernhardt
David and Kristin Johnson
Victor R. Nelson
Astro Western Station
Helen Johns Foundation
Island Sand & Sales
North Borland Business Association
Plaid Pantry Markets
Portland General Electric
Portland Water Bureau
Powell Distributiong Co.
Star - Oilco
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.Related to:
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