A Portland Icon Is Turning 60 — And He’s Never Looked Better

It’s hard to imagine North Portland without a 31-foot Paul Bunyan statue keeping watch, but three years ago the big fella’s future in Kenton seemed pretty uncertain.

With his paint job peeling and becoming faded, Paul’s local boosters estimated they would need to raise more than $60,000 to do a proper renovation.

The Kenton Neighborhood Association chipped in $500 to get things started, but it was mostly current and former neighbors who helped the campaign get to the finish line — and helped Paul get to his 60th birthday.

Check out our video for the full story behind the statue, and keep an eye out for Paul next time you’re driving along Interstate Ave. in North Portland.