Reading a bit of history on Portland (more on the history soon) I found out exatly what this fountain was used for.
Erected in 1888 this fountain provided refreshment for the "horses, men and dogs" of Portland as provided by "Stephen Skidmore's will". the fountain is inscribed "Good Citizens Are The Riches Of A City," a quote from C.E. S. Wood.
This fountain is now a gathering spot for visitors to the Saturday Market.
PGE park. Home of the minor league team, the Portland Beavers. Didn't get to see a game there but saw the field. Everyone I met raved about it.
Have since been back to see a game. A great time I must say.
Also home of the Portland Timbers soccer team.
If something big is happening in town, many times you can look for it to happen in the City's living room - Pioneer Square - a large open area in the heart of the downtown area. ringed by tall buildings, the Square was built over the site of an old hotel that had then made way for a parking structure. There is a traditional Christmas tree lighting in December and thousands of flowers are laid out during the June Rose Festival. The square is also the site of many a rally, none bigger than the scene when the Oregon State baseball team returned from winning the 2006 championship to be feted by thousand of faithful fans.
Spend and afternoon working your way through Powells Books entire city block.. 3? story book store. Its huge and overwhelming, and somehow haphazard and organized at the same time. They have a great bargin section, so you can always find something at the right price. Enjoy some coffee or oregon chai to help you get through it all or enjoy the books you found. They also have some cool gifts ideas, candles, cards, asian stuff, trinkets ect. You can take the street car strait to it or away, as it stops on opposite sides of the block.
If you visit the theater for a matenee show on a hot summer day, you'll see a bunch of kids playing in and around the waterfall outside of the Keller auditorium. The pool on top is a nice spot to lounge and you can go behind the lower right waterfall at the bottom.
Fun for the kids and afterward you can just go down to the waterfront and jump in the Salmon street fountain since you're already wet.
The picture was taken in the fall so nobody was splashing around. 8)
Portland water is pretty good.
Pioneer Square is rightfully called Portland’s living room and is at the heart of Portland’s busy downtown shopping district, which features free light rail transportation and lots of activity.
It is basically a huge brick amphitheater occupying 40,000 with a big water fountain in the middle. It incorporates all kinds of sculptures, a Weather Machine which announces the weather every day at noon in musical and symbolic form, bronze and mosaic tiles …. In the winter the city Christmas tree is put up here and all kinds of cultural festivals are held here. All year round the square attracts commuters waiting for MAX, shoppers, tourists and students. A friend of my daughter held her wedding in the square a few years ago.
The block used to be home to a hotel and later was owned by Meier and Frank Co. which sold it to the city in 1979 and donated half a million for a public square; it was officially opened in 1984.
I think Pioneer Square gives Portland a public heart, a gathering place for everyone. Portland’s downtown is fun to visit and the square is one of the reasons. It is said to be the single most visited place in the city.
If you are in town and you can't get out and go very far, you can check out a baseball game at PGE Park. (There's also soccer, college football, and a couple other sports venues played here.)
During the majority of the games, the beer garden is open. The beer garden area is on the field, at ground level in the area that would normally be just beyond first base. Even if you bought the cheapest seats in the park, you can walk down to the beer garden (if you're over 21) and sit at the seated table area for some of the best seats in the house!
On THURSDAY night games, they have this thing called THIRSTY THURSDAY and beer pints are $2.00, most of the college aged crowd is there and the beer garden is usually packed to maximum capacity and a line starts forming just to get into the beer garden area. It's the most packed party place in town, on THURS especially since most games start at 6 or 7pm - good place to start out the night, or get some partying in early if you have to work on Fridays.
The Baseball Team, is the Portland Beavers, its a team owned the Sand Diego Padres. I think the soccer team is the Portland TIMBERS, which is actually pretty hilarious when the team mascot comes out in a mullet with a chainsaw and starts sawing on a piece of tree log.
Although when you see Portland from far you have the impression of a rather impersonal urban, and industrial-looking city, walking in its downtown streets is intimate, friendly and very human-size. Stop for a Starbucks, do your shopping, pause to listen to some local musician, take the tram to move around, admire the nice architecture, strolling in downtown Portland is a very relaxing experience.
The variety and prices can't be beat!
This store occupies an entire city block and requires a map to get through the huge building. It has a comfortable atmosphere that encourages you to explore each section and stay a good, long while. There are nine color-coded rooms, 3,500 specific sections and more than a million new and used titles.
I enjoyed the huge selection. I found great books in education, children's, psychology, teaching, special needs, and fiction.
This is a bibliophiles must see!
Hint: find your favorite section and wander through checking out the mini-reviews given by Powell's employee's.
The Saturday market is well worth the 8 hour drive from Boise! Hundreds of vendors display their artful merchandise under the Burnside Bridge on Saturdays. There are also many different tastes and smells to appeal to anyone's appetite. I know, my Dalmation fully appreciated all of the tasty morsels that were inadvertently dropped on the ground. The armosphere is complete with entertainment of all sorts. There are transients playing guitars, eccentrics riding unicycles, steel drum bands playing at the center of the market, a funk band down the street or a hack circle to join. Lots of fun to be had.
Rainy Day Movies From Movie Madness
An unassuming front to this video store hides one of Portland's greatest gems. This store has move videos available for rental than any video store I have ever seen, and specializes in out of print and hard to find films. It has an extensive collection of foreign films, and a section called 'Psychotronics' that has some of the most bizarre movies ever made. There's also plenty of movie props on display throughout the store. These include one of the prop knives used in Hitchcock's 'Psycho', a mugwump from the film adaptation of Naked Lunch, and Orson Welles' (very large) jacket he wore while appearing in his film noire classic 'Touch of Evil'.
Get yourself into the centre of the City, somewhere around the Park Blocks - delightfully kept gardens and tree-lined pedestrian walkways that run in a northerly direction from Portland State University. There is metered parking available, but space is scarce!
Maybe this should be under shopping - but if you go to Portland you have to go to the largest bookstore - occupying several city blocks - Powell's City of Books. There are several branches of the stores, but the main one is on Burnside in the Pearl District. There is a coffee shop inside where you can read through all your selections. For VT'ers - check out the Powell's Travel Store - in Pioneer Square. A Portland treasure.
Around the Park Blocks you will see many wondeful buildings. The one in this photo is of the Oregon History Center building, in East park Avenue. The building was being renovated when I took the photo. The beautiful mural, depicting scenes from Historic Oregon, gives the impression that the building has many facets, but it is a wonderful illusion! Go and see for yourself.
Walk downtown and along the river. See Washington Park,shop on 23rd street, and also on Hawthorne street for hip and retro stuff. Go to the Zoo(in the summer there are concerts on the lawn at the zoo)Nba basketball in the winter and ice hockey at the Rose Garden. Hike,camp,bike trails,fish,hunt,whitewater rafting,wind surfing......and there is more! The 'Man' with the umbrella is a bronze statue in Pioneer Square in downtown.
Lush,green,clean,friendly. Not too cold not too hot. Wonderful cleansing rain.Plenty of sunshine.