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Mount Tabor Park, Portland

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Mount Tabor is an extinct or dormant volcanic vent, the city park on the volcano, and the neighborhood of Southeast Portland that surrounds it, all in Oregon. The name refers to Mount Tabor, Israel, part of Portland's distinct Jewish culture and past. It was named by Plympton Kelly, son of Oregon City pioneer resident Clinton Kelly.
The peak of Mount Tabor is 636ft in elevation; about two-thirds of this is prominence since the surrounding land is about 200ft elevation.
Near the peak, where a basketball court and outdoor amphitheater are now situated, part of the cinder cone has been cut away, and the rock is visible to park visitors. The remaining cinders were used to pave the nearby parking lot.
The Tabor cinder cone is part of the Boring Lava Field, an extensive network of cinder cones and small shield volcanoes ranging from Boring, Oregon to southwest Washington, and dating to the Plio-Pleistocene era. The lava field has been extinct for over 300,000 years. Three other cinder cones from this field also lie within the city of Portland: Rocky Butte, Powell Butte, and Kelly Butte.
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  • Went with family for a picnic at the top. Was disappointment that at the top there is only one picnic table. That one was being use, so had to sit on the grass/dirt to eat. Besides this the views.....  more »
  • Walking among tall trees and birds singing so beautiful and quiet. It is a must see in Portland. It has a place for kids to play and the Visitors Center was only open outside. I bought a really nice....  more »

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