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Best Landmarks in Portland

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Skidmore Fountain

Skidmore Fountain was willed to the city by local legend Stephen Skidmore for "horses, men and dogs." Inspired by his 1878 trip to France for the Paris Exposition, he returned with a vision of creating a fountain in Portland with the same beautiful appeal. Truly a fixture of the city, it is now a popular place to find Portlanders buzzing about or even cooling their feet in the summer.

Portland, OR, United States
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Pioneer Courthouse

A stunning nexus of history and politics, the stately Pioneer Courthouse stipples the heart of downtown Portland. Built in the 1860s, this courthouse was Portland's first restoration project. Having been home to the United States Courts since 1875, the courthouse shelters polished, well-preserved interiors, whereas its glorious cupola windows afford picturesque views of the Pioneer Courthouse Square and Portland's charming cityscape. A massive locus of historians, lawyers and judges, Pioneer Courthouse is awash in lovely Italianate style, complete with doorways and structured roofing. A testament to the city's federal past and present, the Pioneer Courthouse is, indefinitely, one of the city's crown jewels.

Portland, OR, United States
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Portlandia

New York City's Statue of Liberty is the only copper statue bigger than this. Created by artist Raymond Kaskey, the lady Portlandia is kneeling down before her city, Portland. Her face, hair, extended arms and trident have been hammered to shape. Modeled after the city's seal, this version of Lady Commerce watches over the streets from the Portland Building. While she conjures the city's mythology and past, the 1980s office building looks a bit drab in comparison. However, the building is revered as one of the first post-modern structures of its size in the country.

Portland, OR, United States
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Wells Fargo Center

Like a suave, soaring needle piercing the skies, this imposing, historic edifice proudly watches over the evolving landscape of downtown Portland. This vertical marvel was completed in 1972, and was originally christened the First National Bank Tower. Consisting mainly of offices, the Wells Fargo Center houses the regional headquarters of the Wells Fargo Bank and also houses the Wells Fargo Museum. Touted as one of the tallest in Oregon, the building is crafted with increasingly contemporary architectural nuances, including skillful use of bronze, tinted glass and white Italian marble. A precedent of designing finesse, the Wells Fargo Center is a marker of Portland's progressive stride.

Portland, OR, United States
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Pittock Mansion

Henry Pittock, founder of Portland's Oregonian newspaper, built this spectacular mansion in 1914 and lived there until his death in 1919. This stately mansion was created in the style of a French Renaissance chateau and boasts three floors plus an incredible view of the city. The mansion is now a museum and showcases local history through artifacts and exhibits. Guests can tour the mansion and even book space for private functions.

Portland, OR, United States
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Paul Bunyan Statue

Paul Bunyan is an iconic figure in American folklore, the tales of whose exploits of superhuman labor originated as oral tales of the loggers of North America and were further popularized during the 19th Century by William B. Laughead. Today, statues of this giant lumberjack can be found across the USA but, perhaps, one of the most famous out of all of them is the Paul Bunyan Statue in Portland. The statue towers over the corner of Denver and Interstate Avenues at a height of 9.4 meters (31 feet). Built in the year 1959 to commemorate 100 years of Oregon attaining statehood, the statue is now considered a national heritage.

Portland, OR, United States
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