Some other Old Portland landmarks to check out
The Kenton neighborhood is home to what was for a long time Portland’s most recognizable landmark: a 37-foot-tall concrete statue of Paul Bunyan. Originally erected in 1959 to celebrate the centennial of Oregon’s statehood, the giant logger was a nod to Portland’s timber industry. I’m going to keep it real with you: That statue is ridiculous and tacky as hell. But it’s the most perfectly Portland thing Portland has ever Portland-ed. Fifty years ago, it was a fitting, though kitschy, tribute to the town’s logging past. Today, if you replace the axe with a fixie, Portlandia Paul is a near-perfect likeness of just about every dude you’ll see riding around the Goat Blocks.
If you’re looking for something a little spicier, Portland still boasts more strip clubs per capita than any other big city in the nation. Mary’s Club is the grand dame of Portland’s strip club industry and is no doubt an icon worth visiting. Yes, Courtney Love danced there once, but believe me, when Courtney Love danced there, Mary’s Club was not on any “Best of Portland” list.
If you really want to get a feel for what Rip City’s tail-shaking scene was like before anyone heard of a gluten-free lap dance, there’s no better place than The Acropolis. Locals have debated for years whether the Acrop is a strip club with incredible steak or an affordable steakhouse with nude dancers, but if you’re into either (or both), take the trip down 99E and treat yourself to the wonders the Acropolis has to offer.
On behalf of all the elusive native Portlanders, we’re very happy to welcome you to our town. And we really want you to get to know our city, or I guess more appropriately, both of our cities. Enjoy all that Portlandia has to offer, but also, don’t forget to give a little love to Old Portland while you’re here too.