Contractor Specs, City of Portland, November 2007. “Salvage any metal horse rings encountered during curb removal. Reinstall horse ring assembly back at the same project stationing or as close as practical. If no new curb is constructed, deliver horse ring assemblies to the City’s Maintenance Bureau…”
In this instance the sidewalk/curbing appears to have been poured in 1910.
Some imaginative folks come up with uses that are very Portland..(image by Jan Landis). Of course, toy horses and circus animals have been used too.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be
satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”