Rocky Butte Road Shops
In the 1930s, WPA projects constructed Joseph Woods Hill Park, the Rocky Butte Tunnel, Rocky Butte Jail and the Multnomah County Road Shops. These artful sites used rough-faced basalt to create an iconic look. The summit park is a favorite place to hike and has beautiful views of the surrounding city and Cascade peaks. The road shops and the jail were both moved in the early 1980's to make way for I-205 construction.
The Grotto, on the northwest side of the butte, is a religious shrine built in 1924 and consists of educational buildings, sculpture and plant gardens, and places for religious reflection. In 2000, Portland police officer Mark Kruger built a shrine on Rocky Butte to honor Nazi officers. He removed the shrine in 2003 after an internal investigation commenced.