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Positively Portland

Portland has an interesting past and a hopeful future. Do you know something interesting about Portland? Please add your own page! | scope="row" style="width: 66%;" style="vertical-align: top; background: white;" |

Learn about PortlandEdit

Portland Today  Edit

You live in a very interesting city! How big is Portland? We have many bridges, neighborhoods, buildings and parks.

History  Edit

There are many interesting and curious stories about Portland. Native Americans lived here long before Portland began. Lewis and Clark camped here. The early days of Portland could be strange! Portland has had terrible disasters.

People  Edit

Many people helped make Portland. There are leaders, artists, entertainers, athletes, criminals, business people and more.

Geography  Edit

The shape of Portland was made by volcanoes, erosion, floods and humans.

Nature  Edit

Learn about the animals and plants that live in the city.

Schools  Edit

Portland has more than 100 schools, colleges and universities. Many schools are named after important people.

Strange (but true?)  Edit

Strange and funny tales about Portland.



This book is loosely based on the above mentioned Portland Our Community [1] with significant reorganization and added topics. Positively Portland is not endorsed by PPS.


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Which name?Edit

Here are some of the names for the city:

PortlandEdit

In 1851 the name "Portland" was chosen for the new community near where the Columbia and Willamette rivers meet. It was almost named "Boston". [2]

MultnomahEdit

 
You can see a statue of Chief Multnomah in Washington Park.

Long before there was Portland, this was the home of the Multnomah people. Multnomah County is named after them.

StumptownEdit

In the early days of Portland, the trees were cut down but many stumps were left in the ground since they were hard to remove. There were so many stumps that people would walk on them to avoid the mud. [3]

City of RosesEdit

This is the official nickname for Portland. Portlanders have grown and loved roses since the 1880s. Over 500,000 rose bushes were planted for the Lewis and Clark Exhibition in 1905. Some are still alive today.


BridgetownEdit

 
Tilikum Crossing is Portland's newest bridge.

Portland has 15 bridges crossing the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. "Bridge-town" describes us!

Rip CityEdit

Portland Trail Blazers fans like to call us "Rip City," a name started when professional basketball came here. <

PDXEdit

"PDX" is the short code name for Portland's airport. It's a quick way to write the name.

PortlandiaEdit

"Portlandia" is the name of a famous statue at City Hall but became a nickname because of a TV show also called "Portlandia." |}


Sources:Edit

  1. Biskar, Peggy, ed (1992). Portland, Our Community : children’s reading. Portland, Oregon: Portland Public Schools. 
  2. "Portland History—The Town that was Almost Boston". Travel Portland. http://www.travelportland.com/media/history.html. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  3. "Robin's Nest to Stumptown". End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. http://www.historicoregoncity.org/HOC/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=70%3Aoregon-trail-history&id=155%3Aearly-towns-and-cities&Itemid=98. Retrieved January 23, 2012.