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The Portland Stairs Book

By Laura O. Foster

A wealth of marvelous details ... as well as everything you wanted to know about stairs and stairways.

Book News

Portland has 196 public staircases, an irresistible asset to this pedestrian-friendly city. In The Portland Stairs Book, Portland’s walking guru Laura Foster has gathered the best and most interesting in a handy pocket-sized guide.

From Mount Tabor’s epic 282 steps to the glass cupola atop 115 steps in Pioneer Courthouse, The Portland Stairs Book features details on twenty outdoor stairs that have amazing stories and something unique to offer an urban explorer. The stairs include the Willamette River Bridge Stairs, The Westover Terraces Steps, and Rocky Butte’s Grand Staircase. The book also features indoor stairs that are perfect for a rainy Portland day and five Stair Trails that lead readers on urban treks that contain hundreds of steps in five different areas of town.

Media reviews

"Perfect for urban flâneurs [and] history buffs."


"A wealth of marvelous details of the surrounding neighborhood, architecture, bridges, roads, local history, local people and pets, as well as everything you wanted to know about stairs and stairways."

Book News

"Laura O. Foster ... loves both walking and Portland, [and] has combined those passions in The Portland Stairs Book."

Salem Statesman Journal

"Thanks to Laura Foster, ... the city's treasure trove of noteworthy staircases are back on the display counter. ... Foster is known for her firm grasp on Portland's long forgotten history, much of which we literally step over each day."

—Brian Barker, Portland Monthly

About the author

Laura O. Foster

As a self-professed forensic pedestrian who honed her craft in Portland, Laura O. Foster writes about Oregon's urban centers, small towns, and natural areas. With wit and insight, she tells the stories — geologic, architectural, botanical, and arcane — of this topographically diverse and beautiful state.

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