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Pioneer Courthouse Square
Pioneer Courthouse Square Review
In many ways the living room, public heart, and commercial soul of downtown, Pioneer Square is not entirely square, rather an amphitheater-like brick piazza. Special seasonal, charitable, and festival-oriented events often take place in this premier people-watching venue. Directly across the street is one of downtown Portland's most familiar landmarks, the classically sedate Pioneer Courthouse. Built in 1869, it's the oldest public building in the Pacific Northwest.
Vintage Trolley. On select Sundays May through December, vintage trolleys run between PSU and Union Station, with free service every half hour between 10:30am and 5pm. A round trip takes roughly 30 minutes with stops at each MAX station on the route. The ride is free but donations are accepted. 503/323–7363. www.trimet.org/schedules/trolley.
Portland/Oregon Information Center. You can pick up maps and literature about the city and the state here at the Portland/Oregon Information Center. Easy to miss, the center is located between the water features, through the glass doors, at Pioneer Courthouse Square. 701 SW Sixth Ave., 97204. 503/275–8355. www.travelportland.com. May–Oct. weekdays 8:30–5:30, Sat. 10–4, Sun. 10–2; Nov.–Apr. weekdays 8:30–5:30, Sat. 10–4.
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