Thompson Elk Fountain, 1901

The Thompson Elk Fountain has stood in the middle of SW Main Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues since 1900. The statue was presented to the city by David P. Thompson, a former Portland mayor and civic leader. Single family wood framed homes lined the east side of 3rd in this 1901 photo, half of a stereoscopic image. A very similar perspective, but 34 years later, can be seen in this earlier post.

(City of Portland Archives)

7 thoughts on “Thompson Elk Fountain, 1901

  1. I have seen hundreds of balloons tied to it at times, which is an amazing sight. Does anyone know why?

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