Bear, Gertie, and I all decided it was time to venture out and visit this Portland landmark. The park itself is located on the banks of the Willamette river in the downtown area of the city. This was interesting because we've walked along the waterfront several times and never noticed the park...it's that small:
Mill Ends Park
A Closer View
When they failed to place the pole, weeds started growing. Mr. Fagan started planting flowers in the hole (perhaps to enhance the view from his office window) and called the little oasis Mill Ends Park. He went further and started writing about the leprechauns and other happenings in the world's smallest park and the idea caught on with his readers.
The park was first dedicated in 1948 and was officially adopted as a city park in 1976. Since that time, it has long been the site of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, various stunts such as installing a miniature ferris wheel with a full sized crane, and other local happenings.
Mr. Fagan continued to write about the park until his death in 1969 and there is a small plaque (located safely on the sidewalk) where you can read about the park's history:
Mill Ends Plaque
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