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Historic Kenton Professional Review and Guide
"Historic Kenton is a funky little out-of-the-way part of town that has a no-nonsense, totally unpretentious center and an interesting past. Kenton began as a company town in 1911, founded by the Swift Meat Packing Company. These days it might be best known as the home of former Portland Mayor Sam Adams. The area has benefited recently from a $2.85 million “greenscaping” and revitalization program courtesy of the Portland Development Commission and the city’s Bureau of Transportation. New businesses and shopfronts have been moving in, and young barflies have been known to travel from the depths of Southeast Portland to see indie bands play at Kenton watering holes. Plus it has its own branch of the Portland Farmers Market now (at North Denver Avenue and McClellan Street). Kenton’s most famous landmark (despite the charming bravado of the World Famous Kenton Club) is the giant Paul Bunyan statue at the intersection of North Interstate and Denver Avenues, near the MAX station; it’s a relic from the Oregon Centennial celebrations in Kenton in 1959."
--Becky Ohlsen, Walking Portland (Wilderness Press).
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