21 thoughts on “Mill Ends Park, 1978

  1. Morning, Robin — Take a look at the VP post dated 1976 under the first “Related” link above, for quite a few answers! The comments there are fun to read.

  2. Thanks, Liz. The comments in that 2014 post are a hoot! Now I know all about this tiniest of Portland’s parks. Merry Christmas!

  3. Didn’t learn about this Portland tourist attraction until I was flagging traffic on Naito back in 2011. People would ask “Where is the world’s smallest park? Its a great novelty of Portland. It makes everyone smile. And its managed to survive all these years through good and bad.

  4. March 17, 1976
    Patrick O’Toole, the head leprechaun was in a rage as usual. “Here we are,” he said “just getting the turf properly ready for the St. Patrick’s Day snail races in Mill End Park when they’re all over us like a great footed gallop of draft horses.” Three city commissioners, there are, and those buttoned down assistants they have write speeches for them.” “There’s a bevy of Kelly Girls in green dresses and Rainmakers with their silly upside down green umbrellas” Excerpts from the Oregon Journal March 18, 1976 on Mill End Park tree planting, 452 square inches and never a mugging.

    Merry Christmas to VP for all the great photos, and all who comment, and yes put some bulbs on that tree, and a face mask.

  5. When I worked at Peterson’s on Yamhill in the mid-1990s, I would often direct tourists over to Mill End Park just for the fun of it. Along with the 24-Hour Church of Elvis, it was at the top of the list of “Weird Portland” tourist attractions

  6. Why wasn’t the lampost that was supposed to go here, not go in?
    Being placed in such a place is a cruel fate for any tree and I’m sure there have been many.
    Fagan gained some wanted notoriety though through the years and the City is only too happy to use the gimmick to show that “it’s cool”.

  7. From the city website ” After Mill Ends officially became a city park on St. Patrick’s Day in 1976, the park continued to be the site of St. Patrick’s Day festivities.” Yet if you look on efiles Portland there is a photo of Frank Ivancie in 1969 with a shovel and large group of people at the site. Maybe it was an ” unofficial park” from 1969 to 1976?

  8. Johnny and Dennis — my husband and I walked down to the park this morning and can confirm that someone HAS decorated the tree with bulbs! I took a few photos, but don’t know how to post them on the blog here. (I’ll send one to the moderator, who may put it up.) Happy New Year, everyone!

  9. Liz thank you for checking on the Mill End tree. I would imagine that the Mill End Park leprechauns decorated the tree after reading the comment from Johnny. Merry Christmas to you and your husband.

    PS If the bulbs were green we will know it was the leprechauns

  10. Hey Vintage Portlanders, what happens to Mill Ends Park tree on St. Patrick’s Day? Will the leprechauns be busy? Happy New Year one and all!

  11. Liz C., I described a week or two ago that if you want to link to photos here you need to upload them to a “cloud” site like iCloud, Google Photos, Amazon Photos, Flickr, DropBox, SmugMug, OneDrive, etc. Then navigate to your photo on your site of choice, copy the link, and paste it here. I just discovered that Flickr has an “embed” feature where, in theory, the photo would actually display in your post on this page. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet.

  12. So, that worked fairly well, sssteven. Thanks again. But for VP readers to be able to see the photo I have to keep that shared album “forever,” right? And I didn’t realize it would carry the album name (“Items to share with anyone”). What would you suggest I should have labeled it? Or could I do without labeling the album? Thanks again for your help!

  13. that is truly smallest park in the world need to be 2 inches tall to fit in that park & walk it ! merry Christmas & a happy new year

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