Thursday, August 02, 2007

Semi-obligatory Mill Ends post

Mill Ends Park

If you read any list of Official Quirky Factoids about Portland, before long you'll come to the obligatory bit about Mill Ends Park, which is supposedly the world's smallest city park, as far as anyone knows -- although the similar claim about Forest Park being the largest was debunked a few years back, so this may or may not be true. Either way, this is the place, in all its glory.


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Updated 7/31/2010: Added an aerial photo to hopefully give a better idea of where the park is, and just how small it is. Hint: It's the round green bit in the middle of the intersection of Naito & Taylor, a little above the "Mill Ends Park" Wikipedia link. Yes, Wikipedia's wrong again. Big surprise there, I know.

Updated 1/29/2011: On the other hand, if you go to the aforementioned Wikipedia article about the place, you'll notice that its top photo of the park looks extremely familiar. Creative Commons FTW.

Mill Ends Park

Writing about the place wasn't a high priority for me, since I try to avoid the stuff you can get off of any old tourist brochure. But I happened to be wandering by, and I happened to take a few photos (including an infrared one), so here they are.

Mill Ends Park

Since I was primarily looking for good IR shots, I had the camera set on ISO 400, and forgot to switch it to "Auto" for the broad-daylight ones, which is why they look a little weird. I'd go take more, but I have no idea when it's going to be sunny again, if ever, so I figure I might as well just go with these.

Mill Ends Park

The last photo is from about a block away from the park. This marker refers to some sort of "Lewis and Clark Botanical Memorial" that isn't actually there, as far as I'm able to determine. I realize I'm not that skilled at identifying plants, but none of the plants listed on the sign are in evidence nearby. I also don't recall that there was anything special here before the big Naito Parkway remodel, either. So in a sense it takes up zero square inches, vs. Mill Ends' 452, which isn't even a fair fight. Although in another sense it's merely tied with a vast number of other nonexistent places, and you can't very well compile a complete list of those. So I suppose the Botanical Memorial has to be disqualified on a technicality....

Mill Ends Park

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