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Portland, Oregon: 31-Foot-Tall Paul Bunyan

31 feet tall, made of concrete-plaster and steel. He's stood in the Kenton neighborhood of Portland since 1959. Cleaned and repainted every few years.

8436 N. Denver Ave., Portland, OR
North edge of the city. I-5 exit 306. Stay to the left onto Interstate Ave., drive south one mile. On the right. Turn right onto Denver Ave. just before statue and park on street. Kenton/Denver TriMet Yellow Line stops in front.
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Paul Bunyan Statue.

Paul Bunyan Statue

Just a check-in on the Paul Bunyan statue in the Kenton neighborhood. He's standing strong with a newish paint job. There are some neat shops to visit near him, too, including Kenton Station, a historic restaurant/bar with a haunted basement. They do a tour on the third Thursday of January, May, and September. It's super scary!

[Jody Day, 03/29/2024]

More scary than a 31-foot-tall lumberjack with a giant ax?


Paul Bunyan Statue

Paul Bunyan was erected in 1959, and restored in 1986 and 2009. He is 31 feet tall, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. His construction was commissioned by the Kenton Businessmen's Association at a cost of about $2,500.

[Mike Garland, 06/18/2017]

Paul Bunyan.

Paul Bunyan Statue

Paul is still standing guard in 2016. A plaque shows he's maintained by the Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Association.

[Ashley Williams, 05/28/2016]

Paul Bunyan.

Paul Bunyan Statue

I was living in Portland for a few months and stumbled across this great Paul Bunyan in the Killingsworth district of Portland. He sits on a corner that is busy with traffic and train.

[Kristen Grinnell, 05/07/2006]

He's a rare, semi-urban woodsman we've visited before. Not a Muffler Man, but an impressive ax wielder nonetheless. Stands across the street from George's Dancing Bare Exotic Lounge.

Paul Bunyan in Portland, Oregon.

Paul Bunyan Statue

This Paul Bunyan Statue, 35 feet tall, was erected in 1959 to greet visitors to the Oregon Centennial Exposition. He stands at the fork of a busy street in the Kenton neighborhood, a rare semi-urban Bunyan, adjacent to the Dancing Bare Gentlemens Club.

He is reported to be maintained these days by the Kenton Neighborhood Association and some local Boy Scouts.

[ Team, 06/16/2002]

February 2009: Paul has just been added to the National Register of Historic Places as a "well-crafted example of roadside architecture."

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