For over 100 years, the Mt Tabor reservoirs functioned as the heart of the City’s drinking water supply, balancing the flow and pressure in a network of pipes delivering pure drinking water from Bull Run to Portland. This ingeniously-engineered system was powered by a renewable resource – gravity; not bad for a system that was operational by 1910.
This year, the reservoirs were removed from service and disconnected from the City’s potable water supply. With replacement reservoirs at Kelly Butte and Powell Butte nearing completion, the Water Bureau has no need for the Tabor open water reservoirs and they lie idle awaiting an uncertain future.
The Mount Tabor Park Calendar is a 6-year personal project of photographer Andrew Haliburton celebrating Portland’s beloved park and its open water reservoirs.
Calendars are $20 and a percentage of sales is donated to Friends of Mt. Tabor Park. They may be purchased at the Visitor Information Kiosk in Mount Tabor Park or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 503.319.8946.