In 1959 the Kenton Businessman’s Club commissioned the giant cement Paul Bunyan statue that stands at the intersection of Interstate and Denver Avenues to this day. It was created to serve as a welcome to the visitors of Oregon’s Centennial Exposition being held that year on the grounds of the current day Expo center. At the time Interstate Avenue was the main road into Portland and the millions of visitors were able to appreciate this impressive, albeit undeniably kitschy, tribute to Oregon’s timber industry. Paul weighs 10tons, stands 31 feet high and was hand crafted by the owners of Kenton Machine works;Victor R. and Victor A. Nelson, demonstrating that the buy locally and DIY spirit have long been alive in Portland!
Currently the Kenton Neighborhood Association owns Paul and are very proud that he was recently welcomed by the National Register of Historic Places.
8128 N Denver Ave, Portland, OR 97217