Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mill Ends Park (Smallest Park in the World) - Portland - Oregon

So after getting the cross street from the guy at the tourist information office at Pioneer Courthouse Square, we were off to find the smallest park in the world.

See it?


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So the story goes that...


...from his second-story office of the Oregon Journal, journalist Dick Fagen looked at the empty lamp post hole on Front Avenue and imagined leprechauns holding weddings and other celebrations. He wrote it up in his "Mill Ends" column of the newspaper and on St. Patrick's Day in 1976, the lamp post hole was dedicated as an official city park. Mill Ends Park is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's smallest park, measuring 2 feet in diameter or 452.16 inches.


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Sometimes the tree gets decorated for the holidays.


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That looks like a mini picnic table?


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OK, that was the 1 second tour!


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I know. Oregonians. We're quirky like that. :)

All Oregon posts can be found with the tag Series: Oregon, but I suggest reading this particular trip in this order:
PDX and My Parents' Chihuahuas
Salvador Molly's - Portland - Oregon
Why My Mom's Banh Canh Cua (Vietnamese Thick Noodle Soup with Crab) Is Better Than Your Momma's
Ha & VL - Portland - Oregon
Karma Cafe - Portland - Oregon
Oc Xao Nam He (Vietnamese Clams Sauteed with Mushrooms and Chives)
Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden - Grant Park - Portland - Oregon
Pok Pok - Portland - Oregon
Portland Farmers Market at PSU - Portland - Oregon
Downtown Portland - Oregon Redux
Mill Ends Park (Smallest Park in the World) - Portland - Oregon
Tabor - Portland - Oregon
Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen - Portland - Oregon 
Mom's Chao Vit (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Duck)
Oriental Food Value - Portland
Mom's Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese Hue-Style Beef Noodle Soup)
 
*****
1 year ago today, Mieng Kham (Thai Leaf-Wrapped Snack).
2 years ago today, Fu Zhou fried rice, Portuguese baked pork chop, Spanish coffee, and other Hong Kong cafe food at Sika's - Alhambra (Closed).

4 comments:

  1. Haha! I remember that! Keep Portland Weird!

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  2. we missed this during our trip to portland last spring! :( that tree is so cute, very charlie brown.

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  3. Oh! I thought it was a park for humans. I guess not! =)

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  4. DP,
    I love my quirky hometown!

    CC,
    TC would totally get a kick out of it!

    TS,
    It could be, but it'd be hard to find a spot to picnic. :P

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