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When concrete sidewalks and curbs first came to Portland, metal rings were inserted into the new concrete curbs for the convenience of the public. These rings were used to tie horses to while the rider or wagon driver went about their business.
In the years when automobiles first started to be seen in Portland (and made too - Benson made 3 autos here in 1904 before turning to other ventures) the city started to remove these rings.
Some residents made considerable protest about this. What would people who had to have horses tie their horses too if these rings were removed? Why, in some cases developers were even building streets with no horse tie rings at all!!! Where was the milk wagon to tie its horse in such places?
Thus, in true Portland tradition, due to citizen protest it became tradition to retain these horse tie rings when possible.
These days, they are simply for decoration, but at one time they served as a vital tie point for horses "parked" at the curb and waiting for their rider or cart driver.
Over the past two years, an art project called the "Portland Horse Project" has endeavored to tie toy horses to these rings.
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