Skidmore Fountain

Skidmore Fountain

The Skidmore Fountain is a historic fountain in Portland, Oregon, United States. It was dedicated September 221888 in memory of Stephen G. Skidmore and partly financed by his will. Designed and built by sculptor Olin Warner for $18,000, all of which was donated. [ cite web
url =
title = 1888 Portland's Skidmore Fountain Dedicated
author = James Cloutier
publisher = On This Day In Oregon
accessdate = 2007-01-25
] It is styled after fountains Skidmore viewed on his visit to the 1878 Paris Exposition and intended for "horses, men and dogs" to drink from. [ cite web
url =
title = Skidmore Fountain, Portland, OR: Reviews of Skidmore Fountain
publisher = Yahoo! Travel
accessdate = 2007-01-25
] Henry Weinhard offered to pump beer into the fountain at the dedication. [ [ Portland Water Bureau fountains] ]

The fountain is located near the west end of the Burnside Bridge at SW First and Pine streets within downtown Portland. The MAX Light Rail line runs past it and has a nearby stop named after the fountain. When Portland Saturday Market is operating, the open area around the fountain attracts street performers and entertained spectators. The fountain also serves as a gathering point for several Portland events, such as SantaCon, Plunderathon, Zombiewalk and several protest/activist gatherings.


External links

* [ OMSI physics gallery] video and audio of fountain
* [ 1940s photos of fountain]

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