Saturday, September 25, 2010
At Congress Square, you'll find the Eastland Park Hotel next to this ugly, concrete park hollowed out in the 70s, by more of that urban renewal animal. The hotel opened on June 15, 1927 after a 'name the hotel contest' awarded $100 in gold to city resident CE Weeks for the name Eastland. One more interesting side note: the governor at the time Ralph O. Brewster, flying over Portland Harbor, dropped the keys to the front door of the hotel into the water stating that the hotel would never close. The mural at the base of the hotels beckons us back to a bygone era of the 40s and 50s, while to the left (just out of view) another sad reminder of a time passed: the Union Station clock in its glass encased tomb. At the tip top, just below the Eastland sign, are the windows to the Top of the East, a fine spot to sip a drink and watch the sun setting over the city.