Second Oregon Volunteer Infantry Memorial

Also known as: Spanish-American War Memorial
Lownsdale Square, Portland, OR

Bronze and granite war memorial dedicated in 1906


Second Oregon Volunteer Infantry Memorial

Photo taken by Richard Doody in April 2012



This sculpture is a memorial to the Second Oregon Volunteer Infantry, called into action by President William McKinley for the Spanish American War. They were the first troops to enter Guam and the first to land in the Philippines to raise the American flag in Manila. They fought in 42 battles and marched 500 miles in three months from August 13th, 1898 to March 12th, 1899.

The memorial was created by sculptor Doug Tilden who was awarded a $5,000 commission for the sculpture of an infantryman. Tilden studied sculpture in Paris under Paul Chopin. His bronze stands atop a 30 foot tall granite pedestal cut in Barre, Vermont from a single piece and shipped to Portland.

Update Log 

  • June 11, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


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