Skidmore Fountain

Portland's oldest piece of public art

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The Skidmore Fountain’s location was the center of Portland when the bronze piece was placed in 1888. Stephen Skidmore, a druggist who arrived in Portland by covered wagon, left $5,000 in his will for a fountain to be used by “men, horses and dogs.”

For the dedication, brewer Henry Weinhard offered to pipe beer through the fountain, but the chairman of the fountain committee declined. For nearly two decades, people drank from tin cups that hung from the lions’ heads at the base of the fountain.

Today, the fountain is a gathering spot for visitors to Saturday Market and Skidmore Market.

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Between SW Burnside and Ankeny, 1st Avenue and Naito Parkway
Portland OR 97224

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