- Kenton, Portland, Oregon
Infobox Neighborhood Portland OR
neighborhood_name = Kenton
association_name = Kenton Neighborhood Association
association_website = http://www.historickenton.com
coalition_name = North Portland Neighborhood Services
coalition_website = http://www.portlandonline.com/northportland/index.cfm?c=35546
area = 8.87
map_url = http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=35281&a=58584
portlandmaps_x = 7640240.178
portlandmaps_y = 708855.884
censusyear = 2000
pop_total = 6,934
pop_density = 782
households_total = 2,707
occupancy = 94
households_owned = 1,792
households_owned_pct = 66
households_rented = 915
households_rented_pct = 34
household_size = 2.56
Kenton is a neighborhood in the North section of
Kenton's northern border is formed by the channel of the
Columbia Riverthat separates this region of Portland from Hayden Island. Kenton's eastern boundary is the Interstate 5freeway and the neighborhood's southern edge is defined by N Lombard Street. The western border (traveling from north to south, respectively) follows N Portland Road, N Columbia Boulevard and, then, N Chautauqua Boulevard.
Neighborhoods bordering Kenton are: Hayden Island to the north; Bridgeton, Sunderland, and Piedmont to the east; Arbor Lodge to the south; University Park to the southwest; and Portsmouth and St. Johns to the west.
Columbia Sloughruns through the Kenton neighborhood.
Kenton is home to the
Portland International Racewayand also the Portland Metropolitan Exposition (Expo) Center. The historical site of Vanport City, a public housing project built to provide homes for World War II shipbuilders (and later destroyed by a 1948 flood), is also located within the present boundaries of the Kenton neighborhood.
Kenton is a racially diverse working class neighborhood. Kenton was also one of Portland's first black neighborhoods following the Vanport flood.Fact|date=February 2007
Kenton was a
company townbuilt by the Swift Meat Packing Company, with major development beginning circa 1911. The area was later annexed by the City of Portland, becoming home to Portland's main stockyards and the center of the west coast cattle trade for a time. The 1959 Oregon CentennialCelebrations were held in Kenton. A large statue of Paul Bunyanwas built at the intersection of N Interstate Avenue and N Argyle Street (just north of Kenton's historic business district on N Denver Avenue) as a reminder of those centennial festivities. The statue now stands at the corner or N Interstate Avenue and N Denver Avenue across from the Kenton/N Denver Ave light rail station, and is considered a symbol of the neighborhood.
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