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Skidmore Fountain

Address: Southwest First Avenue and Ankeny Street, Portland, OR 97204 (Old Town - Chinatown)
Phone Number: 503 275 8355
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Ranked #162 of 590 things to do in Portland
Type: Fountains, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Fountains, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 11:00 pm

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English first
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83 reviews 83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The area needs a little TLC, and cleaning up. Somewhat of a hub area for the Homeless. Best as a daytime visit. But only about a block from Voodoo Donuts

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Aiea, Hawaii
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300 reviews 300 reviews
77 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is not a spectacular fountain. It is historically significant for this area, however. It's also a gathering place on weekends for the Portland Saturday Market crowd, aging hippies and the ever-present homeless. On weekends (a Sunday in our case) there was a street performer. But, I have to admit I was constantly vigilant of people brushing up against me,... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

I was following the eye candy with mindless enjoyment when we emerged at the Skidmore Fountain. I felt as if is stepped into a vortex. Wow I thought, a Three Od Cups. Then I dipped my hand in and the water was brilliantly cold. Take that, Pepsi! I was captivated and I came more and more to attention. You might... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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106 reviews 106 reviews
30 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Hey Portland clean up your city. The last 2 times I have brought people in from out of town we went by the Skidmore fountain. We were harassed by the homeless people both times and we got to watch people take a leak on the sides of buildings in the area. The fountain was the best part though. There were... More 

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Richland, Washington
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I guess fountain enthusiasts would probably appreciate this more than me, but I was amazed and how less recognized this fountain in being as close as it is to downtown portland. I found around the skidmore block and there were some cool little shops and bars/breweries. Quick walk away from rock bottom and deschutes breweries, and steel and burnside bridges.... More 

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108 reviews 108 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

The fountain is beautiful and in a nice square, but we almost didn't notice it for the weird tent city that is the Saturday Market and the 'street performers' and panhandlers encroaching on its space. The pictures of the empty square and fountain are much better for reflection and peace. The current configuration and atmosphere does not do justice to... More 

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Mountain View, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
56 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

I gained a new appreciation for this fountain after reading the book by Eugene Snyder "Skidmore's Portland: his fountain and its sculptor : from buckboards to bustles". You can get it at any Portland library and it is a fast read, with photos from the early era of Portland. Back then, Skidmore fountain was the heart of Portland, and was... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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131 reviews 131 reviews
87 attraction reviews
455 helpful votes 455 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Yeah...,the fountain is fun but the surrounding is not...It is not a place where you want to relax and just be quite...

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Saint Helens, Oregon
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85 reviews 85 reviews
58 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Portland is full of fountains and the Skidmore Fountain is one of those that catches people's eye! We are a city of bridges and fountains.

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Vancouver, Washington
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137 reviews 137 reviews
43 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

It is historic but not much to look at. Keep your eyes out for vagrants who may try to panhandle you. What is a little more interesting are the water fountains with the brass fittings downtown Portland which have been there for decades.

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