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Historic Kenton Walking Tour
September 16, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm$15
Located just south of the Columbia River in North Portland, Kenton was a remote farming community until the streetcar and the meat-packing industry transformed this rural hamlet into a classic early 20th century “company town”. For several decades, Kenton was the Pacific Northwest headquarters of the Swift Meat Packing company with an enormous stockyard and adjacent packing plants.
The residential and commercial buildings still reflect the stratification of a working class neighborhood. We’ll start our walk at the iconic Paul Bunyan statue, the best remaining evidence of the 1959 Oregon Centennial celebration. We hope to have a short interior tour of the fully restored and very active Kenton Masonic Lodge. (pictured above)
Well meet in front of the Paul Bunyan statue, directly across from the Yellow Max stop.
This is an easy urban walk covering about 12 city blocks.
Fee for this narrated tour is $15. You may pay by check, cash or credit card at the start of the tour.
Note the starting time at 11:00 AM! Kenton is well served by Trimet public transit.
About Positively Portland Walking Tours
Explore the architecture, history and culture of Portland and environs with architectural historian Eric Wheeler. These walking tours feature downtown Portland and the surrounding historic neighborhoods as well as other communities in the greater Portland area.
Eric’s tours are designed for new arrivals, visitors and long-time Portland residents. The easy walking pace is designed to allow plenty of opportunity to see the sites, hear the guide and engage socially with other participants. This is a Meetup after all!
The tours typically meet and end at a restaurant, pub or coffee shop, to allow for optional social time with the group before or after the tour. There is a fee for these researched and guided walking tours. Typically $15 per tour.
Images courtesy Positively Portland Walking Tours.