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Mount Tabor Park, Portland, Oregon

October 14, 2014

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How would you feel about having a dormant volcano just a few blocks from your house? Residents of Portland’s Mount Tabor neighborhood don’t seem to mind. In fact, they enjoy it. Mount Tabor Park, built on top of a volcanic cinder cone in the nineteenth century, offers green space, a basketball court, an amphitheater, and trails that circle around the peak.

The park is home to four reservoirs, built in 1894 and 1911.

No one realized that it was a volcano until 1912, when workers discovered volcanic cinders in the park. They used them to pave the park’s roads and parking lots.

Mount Tabor’s peak is 636 feet in elevation. Portland is one of only four cities in the United States to have an extinct volcano within its city limits.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2014 8:47 pm

    Love the photos! I have even been there. What were you doing in Portland?

    • October 15, 2014 12:18 pm

      Awesome!! I am here visiting Rachel until tonight. It’s so great. I have been thinking about you and when we are going to go climbing again!

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