Is There a Secret Spring in Portland, Oregon’s Mt. Tabor Neighborhood?

One nosey resident sniffed around to find the truth about Crystal Springs.

Mt. Tabor, facing west.

There it was, clear as day: A satellite photo of what looked like a natural lake in the backyard of a house on Mount Tabor, posted on Reddit back in March 2014. The anonymous user claimed that the secret lake was fed from water flowing from an underground river called…



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Aaron Gilbreath

Essayist, Journalist, Burritoist. Longreads Editor. Writing: Harper’s, NYT, Slate, Paris Review, VQR, Oxford American, Kenyon Review. 3 nonfiction books.