Kenton

About Kenton

Before the 1900s, Kenton was a farming community similar to other townships in the area like University Park and St. Johns until it became a company town built by the Swift Meat Packing Company.

By 1910, $120,000 worth of buildings had been erected in the neighborhood with many fashioned out of concrete and brick. Two three-story brick hotels were built in Kenton in 1910. Plants from companies like the National Wood Pipe Company, Davis Safe and Lock Company, Union Meat Company and Portland Union Stockyards called Kenton home. A concrete apartment building was built by C. H. Carey costing US$22,000. In 1909, Portland, Oregon Mayor Joseph Simon took an automobile trip to Kenton where he announced general improvements for the community like road pavement, street lamps and a fire station. The streets were still dirt in 1910, leading the Kenton Push Club to lobby the Portland City Council to pass a bond to pave the roads. After a long fight with the city council, the roads were paved in 1911. By 1913, US$300,000 had been spent on paving the streets of Kenton. The growing community soon demanded a park, library and schoolhouse. Just a few years later, Kenton was annexed with St. Johns by the City of Portland, becoming home to Portland’s main stockyards and the center of the West Coast cattle trade for a time.

Articles about Kenton

Amazing Kenton Bungalow!

Matt Guy

7815 N Peninsular Portland, OR 97217 Sure to wow. Tastefully updated, w/ many period details!  Airy, light...

Captivating Kenton Cutie

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3624 N Halleck St. Portland, OR 97217 Step right up to the new inviting front porch,...

Kickin’ It in Kenton

Shannon Dooley

Living in Kenton is just dreamy and these summer days are just making it better! Kenton...

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