Tanner Springs Park
What is now known as the Pearl District was once a wetland and lake fed by streams that flowed down from the nearby hills in southwest Portland. These wooded hillsides provided a natural filter for the streams, cleansing the water as it made its way to the Willamette River. The springs from Tanner Creek, named for the tannery built by pioneer Daniel Lownsdale in the 1860s, flowed into the shallow basin of Couch Lake, now the area surrounding Tanner Springs Park.
The springs connect the park to Tanner Creek that at one time flowed openly through this area; today it flows through large pipes beneath the city streets.
- Portland Parks & Rec website
At the Source
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