10 thoughts on “Peninsula Park, circa 1909

  1. That tower feature looks like an electric light fixture to me….

    We talked a little about this part in the two “relateds” noted above, especially on July 16, 2020, but here are some things I found about it while looking at the Portland Parks pages today —

    “The park was purchased by the city in 1909 for $60,000 with funds raised in a 1908 bond measure. Originally owned by local businesswoman Liverpool Liz, it had been the site for a roadhouse and racetrack for quarter-mile horse racing. An autopark and campground were also included in the original parcel. Planned by renowned Oregon architects Ellis Lawrence and Ormond R. Bean, the park was a result of Portland’s 1912 ‘City Beautiful’ movement. Completed in 1913, much remains of the original features, including the lantern-style streetlights, the stone pillars, vast brickwork, and the nearly 100-year-old fountain in the center of the rose garden. Disc #4, a bronze sculpture by Jerry Allen, was installed in 1979 along the west side of the park.”


    “Peninsula Park was designed by Emanuel Mische and followed aesthetic guidelines laid out by the Olmsted brothers in their park plan for Portland. The land for the park was acquired from Liverpool Liz, a woman who gained notoriety at the turn of the 20th century for owning several saloons in Old Town at a time when it was illegal for women to serve alcohol.”


  2. It is a persistent but completely incorrect rumor that the land for the park was bought from Liverpool Liz. It was bought from W.K. Smith of the Ukase Investment Company.
    Liverpool Liz provided some money ($ 6000K) to a bunch of shady figures who ran an entertainment program called Evergreen Park for one single summer in 1899 on a location west of the park, which they leased from aforementioned W.K. Smith. For the details


  3. Jan de Leeuw — I downloaded and read your very interesting illustrated history of Liverpool Lizzie. What fun it was to follow along with you as you made your many discoveries. I’m sure most other VP readers would enjoy it as well. As for the probable misinformation in the city’s parks’ website — I wonder if you wrote up replacement paragraphs and offered them to the parks department (along with your corroborating information), whether they’d considering replacing their current paragraphs?

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