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Skidmore Fountain, Portland

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The Skidmore Fountain is a historic fountain in Portland, Oregon, United States.The fountain is a contributing property of and the namesake for the Skidmore/Old Town Historic District, which is also a National Historic Landmark.The fountain has also been designated a Portland Historic Landmark and underwent restoration in 2005.HistoryIt was dedicated September 22, 1888, in memory of Stephen G. Skidmore, a wealthy Portland druggist who died in 1883, and partly financed by his will. It was designed by sculptor Olin Levi Warner for $18,000, all of which was donated. It is styled after fountains Skidmore viewed at Versailles on his visit to the 1878 Paris Exposition and intended for "horses, men and dogs" to drink from. Henry Weinhard offered to pump beer into the fountain at the dedication. It is Portland's "oldest piece of public art".The fountain is located near the west end of the Burnside Bridge at SW First and Ankeny streets within downtown Portland. The MAX Light Rail line runs past it and has a nearby stop named after the fountain. When Portland Saturday Market is operating, the open area around the fountain attracts street performers and entertained spectators. The fountain also serves as a gathering point for several Portland events, such as SantaCon, Plunderathon, Zombiewalk and several protest/activist gatherings.
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  • Fountain is located at the corner of Ankeny and 1st Ave in the heart of the Portland Saturday Market area. This is a great place to watch the street performers. Originally built in 1888.  more »
  • This is a cool old part of Portland. The problem is that the cool old part of Portland has always been home to a seedier element, and it still holds true today. I would not let my kiddos run free here...  more »
  • Very interesting fountain in Portland . If not careful you would ride right by this unique site in Portland. The uniqueness of this site makes it one of those off beat spots to take in.  more »
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  • Skidmore Fountain During the Saturday Market season(begins in March, till Christmas Eve) is a lively and fun place to spend time during weekends. But if you just want to see or take pictures of the fountain by itself, then Saturday Market off season is the best time.
  • beautiful eouodnt recomend letting children crawl on grass because it is Portland and dirty but very cultured and the waterfront is refreshing
  • Overrun with homeless now. Whatever beauty this place had is now lost. Not worth your time until Portland begins addressing this issue head on
  • It's very cool when the fountain is running and able to be ran though
  • Cool old fountain with lots of unique people hanging around. As well as some crack addicts Tweakers and of course bums Portland is famous for its smelly bum population and man is it growing. The fountain is still a great attraction to check out though.
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