The legendary documentarian returns to the site of the short-lived “Ken Burns: Portland.”
Over the last two installments of Ye Olde Portland, I told you about the Big German who terrorized the cyclists of early Portland’s Union Avenue.
We now resume the story where we left off...
There has always been a resistance to Portland growth.
Here in Portland, we have a long and productive history of anarchists performing vital city functions.
We Portlanders are subject to a litany of inscrutable taxes.
In Washington Park, the present-day location of the Portland Japanese Garden, there was once a bear pit. What is a bear pit, you may ask? Well, it simply is a large pit filled with bears.
They were a group of Oregon teens so fired up over Germany’s shameful treachery against the Lusitania that they quit their jobs in a timber mill to come together to train so that they might have the privilege of traveling halfway across the world to fight the Kaiser’s army in the trenches of Europe.
The Portland Aerial Tram turned 10 in December. Hard to believe—our bouncing baby tram is almost old enough to tie his own shoes.