“From Paris to Portland – 1871”
Lincoln Park’s centerpiece – the iconic fountain – was installed in the newly-built park in 1871. The fountain itself came from a Parisian foundry, and is one of only three examples of this type of fountain known to have ever come to the United States.
The fountain was an instant hit:
“It has a central fountain, which sends up its jets on summer days … evening strollers find it a pleasant resort, and children delight to sail their boats in the great basin.”
—Edward H. Elwell, 1876
The park soon became a major hub for Portland. Both citizens and visitors enjoyed the refreshing fountain under the shade of trees. Postcards of Lincoln Park – especially postcards of the fountain, such as the one shown here – were common souvenirs of visits to Portland. But, the years passed and they took their toll – now, both the fountain and the park are in dire need of restoration.
The Friends of Lincoln Park aim to do just that! We’re starting with the fountain, since it’s the piece of the park that is at the most risk. We already have plans – and even some vintage parts! – to fix the fountain: now we just need the funding to make it happen. Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us bring our fountain – and our park – back to life? Thank you!