Cathedral Park, Portland, Oregon

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Cathedral Park
Cathedral Park St Johns Bridge - Portland Oregon.jpg
Cathedral Park is located in Portland, Oregon
Cathedral Park
Cathedral Park
Coordinates: 45°35′18″N 122°45′29″W / 45.58830°N 122.75799°W / 45.58830; -122.75799Coordinates: 45°35′18″N 122°45′29″W / 45.58830°N 122.75799°W / 45.58830; -122.75799
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Country United States
State Oregon
City Portland
 • Association Friends of Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association
 • Coalition North Portland Neighborhood Services
 • Total 1.02 sq mi (2.65 km2)
Population (2000)[1]
 • Total 3,033
 • Density 2,970/sq mi (1,145/km2)
 • No. of households 1361
 • Occupancy rate 94% occupied
 • % households renting 48% renting
 • Avg. household size 2.23 persons

Cathedral Park is both a park and subsequent neighborhood in the northernmost section of Portland, Oregon on the east shore of the Willamette River. The park is situated under the St. Johns Bridge, and was given its name due to the Gothic arches that support the bridge, which resemble a cathedral arch.


The St. Johns Bridge connects the neighborhood to the Linnton and Northwest Industrial neighborhoods in Northwest Portland across the Willamette. In addition to these neighborhoods, Cathedral Park is bordered by St. Johns on the northeast and University Park on the southeast.

The 1911 Sanborn Map Index for the City of St. Johns, Oregon shows that the Cathedral Park neighborhood was part of the original City of St. Johns prior to annexation by Portland in 1915.[2]

The neighborhood is named after its most prominent landmark, the city park also called Cathedral Park,[3] which in turn is named after the cathedral-like columns of the St. Johns Bridge it surrounds.

In August 1949, a fifteen-year-old girl named Thelma Taylor was kidnapped and murdered under the bridge in the space where the park now exists.[4] According to local folklore, due to this, the park is supposedly haunted.[4]


The park contains several walking trails, picnic benches, as well as a floating dock that extends onto the Willamette River. It also is home to a small outdoor stage, where the city has held an annual summer jazz festival since 1980.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Demographics (2000)
  2. ^ Portland Communities
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b Becker, Tim (2013-05-09). "Thelma Taylor: Phantom in Cathedral Park?". Koin. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  5. ^ "Cathedral Park Jazz Festival: Official Website". Retrieved 2013-09-19. 

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