Located just south of the Columbia River in North Portland, Kenton was a remote farming community until the streetcar and the meat-packing industry transformed this rural hamlet into a classic early 20th century "company town". For several decades, Kenton was the Pacific Northwest headquarters of the Swift Meat Packing company with an enormous stockyard and adjacent packing plants.
The residential and commercial buildings still reflect the stratification of a working class neighborhood. We'll start our walk at the iconic Paul Bunyan statue, the best remaining evidence of the 1959 Oregon Centennial celebration. We hope to have a short interior tour of the fully restored and very active Kenton Masonic Lodge. (pictured above)
This is an easy urban walk covering about 12 city blocks.
Fee for this narrated tour is $15. You may pay by check, cash or credit card at the start of the tour.
Note the starting time at 11:00 AM!
Kenton is well served by Trimet public transit.