Positively Portland[edit | edit source]
Portland has an interesting past and a hopeful future. Do you know something interesting about Portland? Please add your own page!
Learn about Portland[edit | edit source]
History [edit | edit source]
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 | edit source]
Many people helped make Portland. There are leaders, artists, entertainers, athletes, criminals, business people and more.
Geography [edit | edit source]
The shape of Portland was made by volcanoes, erosion, floods and humans.
Nature [edit | edit source]
Schools [edit | edit source]
Portland has more than 100 schools, colleges and universities. Many schools are named after important people.
Strange (but true?) [edit | edit source]
Strange and funny tales about Portland.
Which name?[edit | edit source]
Here are some of the names for the city:
Portland[edit | edit source]
In 1851 the name "Portland" was chosen for the new community near where the Columbia and Willamette rivers meet. It was almost named "Boston". 
Multnomah[edit | edit source]
Stumptown[edit | edit source]
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. 
City of Roses[edit | edit source]
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.
Bridgetown[edit | edit source]
Rip City[edit | edit source]
Portland Trail Blazers fans like to call us "Rip City," a name started when professional basketball came here.
PDX[edit | edit source]
"PDX" is the short code name for Portland's airport. It's a quick way to write the name.
Portlandia[edit | edit source]
"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 | edit source]
- Biskar, Peggy, ed (1992). Portland, Our Community : children’s reading. Portland, Oregon: Portland Public Schools.
- "Portland History—The Town that was Almost Boston". Travel Portland. http://www.travelportland.com/media/history.html. Retrieved 2008-03-14.
- "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.