11 thoughts on “David Campbell Fountain, 1961

  1. The Campbell memorial fountain had fallen into disrepair by 1961, and this photo was likely taken to show the condition, below are portions of a story was published in the Oregonian on March 9, 1961 page 22

    Council Asked To Repair Memorial To City Heroes

    The “deplorable” condition of the David Campbell Memorial at SW 19th and W. Burnside St. was called to the attention of the City Council again Wednesday with chunks of loose limestone. Francis J. Murnane, 1527 SW Columbia St., informal guardian of the city’s statuary, demonstrated the condition of the memorial fountain to firemen who have lost their lives in the line of duty, by depositing pieces of it on the polished table in front of the city commissioners. Murnane frequently has asked the city to take better care of its fountains.

    Murnane pulled a bronze nameplate out of a sack and showed the council. It was inscribed “D, Campbell 1881-1911” This morning, he said he went by to look at it again and this nameplate fell off in his hand.

    The bowl was filled with litter and the water in the fountain was turned off, he said. Murnane said the names of 18 other firemen who gave their lives had also been honored with nameplates until the city let it go to pot and discontinued the practice.

  2. After reading about Chief Cambell’s background and death on June 26, 1911, at the age of 47 on the Portland Fire & Rescue website, I can understand why his funeral still holds the record for public turnout at such an event. See the link below:
    https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/354363

    Having once lived in this area, I saw this monument almost on a daily and I remember always thinking what a shame it was that the “park” (hardly) had fallen into such disrepair, constantly being surrounded by large teardowns and building projects in addition to traffic reroutes necessitated for road and sewer projects. This fitting monument was a part of old Portland and it now found itself out of place and lost in an area of high traffic & continual upheaval. The only people who use the park today are the unfortunate wandering homeless. If there was ever a monument that deserved a new location, a fitting home, it’s this one.

  3. David Campbell, Portland’s Fire Chief, is a prominent figure in S.L. Stoner’s historical fiction mystery novel, Slow Burn, set in Portland around 1903. I’m 80 pages into it right now. Anyone interested in the history of Portland would enjoy the 9-book series, all set in early 1900s Portland and well-researched. Slow Burn is the 7th book in the series.

  4. I’ve never noticed the bell that’s in the same triangle. Where is that from? Here’s Mr. Campbell himself from 1905:

  5. In the Summer of 1993, when I had Saturdays off of work (a rarity in those days) I would often walk from my apartment at NW 19th and Burnside up to Rich’s for a couple cigars and then back to the Firemens’ Memorial for a nice smoke.

  6. Does everything have to be contentious now? Even if it would cause a delay – I’d like to see the “owner” of this site monitor (and delete) the idiotic and racist remarks that some people have been making lately. It doesn’t contribute to the conversations and historical education most of us enjoy from this site. Thank you.

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