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Skidmore Fountain

Southwest First Avenue and Ankeny Street, Portland, OR 97204 (Old Town - Chinatown)
503 275 8355
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Ranked #93 of 308 attractions in Portland
Type: Fountains
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English first
Spokane, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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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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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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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Portland, Oregon
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55 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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85 attraction reviews
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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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82 reviews 82 reviews
56 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Portland, Oregon
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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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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

to make the most of your visit. It's an interesting piece of Portland history. I went with a school field trip and it was really fun.

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Portland, Oregon
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13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Go on Sat or Sunday and experience the Saturday Market. Love trying all the different food and seeing the people. There are always street performers around the fountain and it is fun to see their antics.

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