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Friday, July 28, 2017

Downtown Portland

We went on a walking tour of downtown Portland.

Near Mother's was the Portland Outdoor Store--a Western outfitter, open since 1919.

Walk 0.4 miles south to reach Lownsdale Square. The square was designed as the "gentlemen's gathering place." In the  middle of the square is "Soldiers Monument" dedicated to the soldiers of the 2nd Oregon US Volunteer Infantry killed in the Spanish American War. 

Between Lownsdale and Chapman Square is a fountain featuring a large elk. It was given to the city of Portland by David Thompson, a former mayor, who wanted to provide the citizens, as well as its animals, a watering hole.  The base of the fountain is a drinking trough for dogs and horses. Erected in 1900, this is Portland's 2nd oldest statue. It's a controversial statue, some calling it a "monstrosity."

Multnomah County Corrections building borders Chapman Square. 

"Promised Land" Statue in Chapman Square. Chapman Square was originally planned for the exclusive use of women and children. 

US Immigration Court.

Portland City Hall is just 1 block south of Chapman Square. It has a replica of the Liberty Bell in front.

In Portland, there are public bike rentals. Sign up for membership and you can rent the bikes by the trip or for an entire day.

Portland Building (a municipal services building) with "Portlandia" statue.

"Portlandia" is the 2nd largest copper repousse (hammered into relief from the reverse side) statue in the US, after the Statue of Liberty.

Portland is full of statues. "The Quest" is in front of the Standard Insurance Center. It was hewn from 1 block of Pentelic Greek marble and "depicts the growth of today and tomorrow and awakening to the future" according to its artist, Count Alexander von Svoboda. The sculpture was created in 1970.

Rick Bartow's "The Responsibility of Raising a Child" is a bronze statue erected in 2010 at the intersection of SW 5th Avenue and Taylor Street. It features several animals and objects being carried on the back of a coyote.

Huge Apple store on Pioneer Place.

Pioneer Courthouse--federal courthouse built in 1869. It's the oldest federal building in the Pacific Northwest and the 2nd oldest west of the Mississippi.

Playful bears in a fountain in front of the courthouse.

"Kvinneakt" by Norman Taylor, installed in the Transit Mall in 1977. Kvinneakt is "female nude" in Norwegian and is "about grace and motion and a certain beauty and pride in the human figure."

Powell's City of Books is located 1005 W. Burnside. It's the world's largest independent bookstore and occupies an entire city block.

Entrance to Chinatown.

Nearby is the "Keep Portland Weird" sign in an parking lot. 

Across the street is Voodoo Donuts.

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