Mount Tabor, Portland, Oregon

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Mount Tabor
Downtown Portland, Oregon, from on Mt. Tabor Park.
Downtown Portland, Oregon, from on Mt. Tabor Park.
Mount Tabor is located in Portland, Oregon
Mount Tabor
Mount Tabor
Coordinates: 45°30′46″N 122°35′33″W / 45.5128968°N 122.5925937°W / 45.5128968; -122.5925937Coordinates: 45°30′46″N 122°35′33″W / 45.5128968°N 122.5925937°W / 45.5128968; -122.5925937
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Country United States
State Oregon
City Portland
 • Association Mount Tabor Neighborhood Association
 • Coalition Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
 • Total 1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)
Population (2000)[1]
 • Total 10,037
 • Density 6,300/sq mi (2,400/km2)
 • No. of households 4316
 • Occupancy rate 96% occupied
 • Owner-occupied 2808 households (65%)
 • Renting 1508 households (35%)
 • Avg. household size 2.33 persons
Race Distribution: White 84.6%, Asian 6.4%, Hispanic 3.5%, Black 1.3%

Mount Tabor is the name of a volcanic cinder cone, the city park on the volcano, and the neighborhood of Southeast Portland that surrounds it, all in the U.S. state of Oregon. The name refers to Mount Tabor, Israel. It was named by Plympton Kelly, son of Oregon City pioneer resident Clinton Kelly.[2]


Mount Tabor Reservoir

The Mount Tabor neighborhood lies between SE 49th Ave. (SE 50th Ave. south of SE Hawthorne Blvd.) on the west and SE 76th Ave. on the east, and between E Burnside St. on the north and SE Division St. on the south. It is bordered by Sunnyside and Richmond on the west, North Tabor on the north and west, Montavilla on the north and east, and South Tabor on the south.

Mount Tabor Park[3] is the neighborhood's principal feature. The campus of Warner Pacific College (affiliated with the Church of God (Anderson) is located just south of the park. The neighborhood also marks the eastern end of the Hawthorne District. The campus of Western Seminary is located on the western slope, overlooking downtown Portland.

Before becoming part of Portland in 1905, Mount Tabor was a rural farming community dating back to the 1850s. It became a city-recognized neighborhood (encompassing a far smaller area than its historical boundaries) in 1974.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Demographics (2000)
  2. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87595-278-X. 
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  4. ^ "Mt Tabor Neighborhood Association - History: The early years of Mt. Tabor". Retrieved 2008-11-04. 

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