A few details about Portland Oregon you may not know
Portland, Oregon’s largest city, is located on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, under the shadow of Mount Hood. It is well-known for its parks, bridges, and bike lanes, as well as its eco-friendliness and microbreweries and coffeehouses. The traditional Japanese Garden, as well as the Oregon Zoo and its train, are all part of the iconic Washington Park. The city has vibrant art, theater, and music scenes. ― Google
Elevation: 50 ft.
145 square miles
Weather: 54°F (12°C), wind S at 9 mph (14 km/h), humidity 82 percent weather.
645,291 people live here (2019)
Ted Wheeler is the current mayor.
The Portland metropolitan statistical area (MSA) has a population of around 2.5 million people, ranking it as the 25th most populated in the United States. With a population of roughly 3.2 million, its combined statistical area (CSA) is the 19th-largest in the country. The Portland metropolitan region is home to around 47 percent of Oregon’s population.
The Oregon colony, named after Portland, Maine, began to be established in the 1830s towards the end of the Oregon Trail. Its proximity to the river allowed for easy movement of commodities, and the wood industry was a key influence in the city’s early economy. At the start of the twentieth century, the city had a reputation as one of the most dangerous port cities in the world, a hotbed for organized crime and racketeering. After the city’s economy underwent an industrial boom during World War II, its hard-edged reputation began to fade. Beginning in the 1960s, Portland became known for its rising progressive political views, garnering it a reputation as a counterculture hotspot.
The city is governed by a commission-based administration led by a mayor and four commissioners, as well as Metro, the United States’ first publicly elected metropolitan planning body. It has warm, dry summers and chilly, wet winters. This environment is perfect for producing roses, and Portland has been known as the “City of Roses” for nearly a century.
During the ancient era, the region that would become Portland was inundated due to the collapse of glacial dams from Lake Missoula in what would eventually become Montana. These huge floods occurred during the last ice age and inundated the Willamette Valley with 300 to 400 feet (91 to 122 m) of water.
Before American immigrants arrived in the 1800s, the territory was occupied for generations by two bands of indigenous Chinook people – the Multnomah and the Clackamas. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were the first to chronicle the land’s Chinook inhabitants in 1805. Prior to European arrival, the Portland Basin in the lower Columbia and Willamette River valleys was one of the most densely populated areas on the Pacific Coast.
Large numbers of pioneer immigrants began arriving in the Willamette Valley along the Oregon Trail in the 1840s, however life was first focused in neighboring Oregon City. A new community arose ten miles from the mouth of the Willamette River, nearly midway between Oregon City and the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver. Because of the many trees that were chopped down to allow for its expansion, this hamlet was once known to as “Stumptown” and “The Clearing.”  In 1843, William Overton recognized promise in the new community but lacked the cash to submit a formal land claim. Overton agreed to divide half of the 640-acre (2.6 km2) plot with Boston resident Asa Lovejoy for 25 cents.
Overton sold his remaining half of the claim to Francis W. Pettygrove of Portland, Maine, in 1845. Both Pettygrove and Lovejoy desired to rename “The Clearing” after their respective hometowns (Lovejoy’s being Boston and Pettygrove’s being Portland). This dispute was decided with a coin toss, which Pettygrove won two out of three times, giving Portland its name. The coin used to make this decision, now known as the Portland Penny, is on display at the Oregon Historical Society’s offices. Portland had approximately 800 residents at the time of its incorporation on February 8, 1851, as well as a steam sawmill, a log cabin hotel, and a newspaper, the Weekly Oregonian. In August 1873, a large fire rushed through downtown, burning twenty blocks on the west bank of the Willamette along Yamhill and Morrison Streets and incurring $1.3 million in damage, nearly comparable to $28.1 million today. By 1879, the population had risen to 17,500, and by 1890, it had risen to 46,385. The city erected the first steel bridge on the West Coast in 1888. The Portland Rose Society was founded in 1889 by Henry Pittock’s wife, Georgiana. The initiative to make Portland a “Rose City” began as the city was preparing for the 1905 Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition.
Portland’s access to the Pacific Ocean via the Willamette and Columbia rivers, as well as its easy access to the fertile Tualatin Valley via the “Great Plank Road” (the path of current-day U.S. Route 26), gave the pioneer city an edge over other surrounding ports, and it flourished rapidly. Portland remained the principal port in the Pacific Northwest for most of the nineteenth century, until the 1890s, when Seattle’s deepwater harbor was connected to the rest of the continent by rail, providing an interior route without the perilous navigation of the Columbia River. For one thing, the city had its own Japantown, and the lumber sector established a significant economic presence owing to the area’s high population of Douglas fir, western hemlock, red cedar, and big leaf maple trees.
The White Eagle Saloon (about 1910), one of many in Portland with alleged connections to criminal activities such as gambling rackets and prostitution.
Early in its history, Portland earned a reputation as a hard-edged and gritty port town.] According to some historians, the city’s early founding was a “scion of New England; an end-of-the-earth home for the banished progeny of the eastern entrenched aristocracy.” Due to dirty sewers and gutters, The Oregonian dubbed Portland “the most filthy city in the Northern States” in 1889, and by the turn of the twentieth century, it was regarded as one of the world’s most hazardous port towns. The city had a huge number of saloons, bordellos, gambling dens, and boardinghouses, which were frequented by miners after the California Gold Rush, as well as a high number of sailors traveling through the port. By the early twentieth century, the city had lost its status as a “sober frontier metropolis” and had earned a reputation for being violent and dangerous.
Art Galleries & Museums
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The Projection Museum
Address: 53 SE 80th Ave, Portland, OR 97215, USA
Main Phone: (310) 621-5614
Photo Courtesy of: Willis Anderson
KB Custom Framing & Gallery
Address: 7828A SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215, USA
Main Phone: (503) 257-0711
Did you know that KB Custom Framing & Gallery rates 5/5 based on 52 total ratings?
Reviews for KB Custom Framing & Gallery
2 weeks ago
Absolutely exceptional at his craft, Greg framed an original drawing I had purchased from a portrait artist. The elements we collaborated on to bring out the nuances of the picture couldn’t have been more perfect. The frame enhances the art, which is exactly what it is supposed to do. Friendly, expert service, fair pricing and terrific attention to detail.
3 months ago
Greg is FANTASTIC at what he does and an overall nice person! He framed two large paintings for us and they turned out beautifully. You will not be sorry if you bring him your business!
Photo Courtesy of: R Todd Johnson
Address: 423 SE 69th Ave, Portland, OR 97215, USA
Main Phone: (503) 481-5970
Did you know that Mark Brody rates 5/5 based on 2 total ratings?
Reviews for Mark Brody
R Todd Johnson
a year ago
I was lucky enough to stumble across this artist during the Mt. Tabor Art Walk. I was immediately enamoured with his work. Additionally, I am hopelessly committed to local artisans as well as those who create with their own hands. I commissioned him to do this piece and it’s stunning!
Photo Courtesy of: Agenda
Address: 4505 SE Belmont St Suite A, Portland, OR 97215, USA
Main Phone: (503) 347-5318
Did you know that Agenda rates 5/5 based on 4 total ratings?
Reviews for Agenda
9 months ago
Amazing mini gallery with constant feed of new artists to discover. It is attached to a furniture company that makes amazing restorations of PDX airport benches. The front of the building is a Cafe. Easy spot to spend a few hours!!
9 months ago
I’m such a fan of this gallery. The owner and dealer Jamie always presents such an incredible group of artists. This gallery might be mini, but the art being shown is major.
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Days Inn by Wyndham Portland Central
Address: 1530 NE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220, USA
Main Phone: (503) 253-1151
Did you know that Days Inn by Wyndham Portland Central rates 2.9/5 based on 225 total ratings?
Reviews for Days Inn by Wyndham Portland Central
a year ago
The room was okay, but I did not feel safe in that area. Also, the employees could use a course in how to provide good customer service.
2 years ago
Poor customer service!! I had to remind them that they are in the hospitality industry and people rely on them for an adequate place to stay while away from home and they should try to be more accommodating.
-I checked in after midnight and was denied a late checkout for the following morning. The night manager told me I must be out by 11am in a perceived empty hotel. I just needed the room until noon.
-The pillows were all very firm, no options. Bring your own!!
-Warning – the water is very hot!! If you want a super hot shower, this is it, 140 degrees!!
– It is located next to the highway so there’s also a lot of traffic noise.
Photo Courtesy of: Comfort Inn
Address: 8225 NE Wasco Street Jct. 82nd &, I-84, Portland, OR 97220, USA
Main Phone: (503) 408-8000
Did you know that Comfort Inn rates 3.9/5 based on 426 total ratings?
Reviews for Comfort Inn
2 weeks ago
Stayed for two nights and had a good experience. Room is clean and standard size. Service is up to standard too. They do offer to-go breakfast but I didn’t take advantage of it as I went out early during my stay.
The location is far from city center but very convenient to get to by light rail. Since I take metros and buses all the time and went all over the city during my stay anyway, this is not a big problem for me at all. For the much cheaper price than downtown hotels, I think it hits a sweet spot for me and has great value.
a week ago
Aurora at the front desk was wicked helpful! Thank you so much for assisting me when I locked myself out of my room. Hotel itself is nice, clean, and maintained. The pool and hot tub were really fun features. Only complaint was the noise from traffic on I-84. I requested a room change facing Wasco Street and it was a WAY better sleeping experience.
7 months ago
I love the location and it’s always super clean. I’ve been here probably 4… maybe 5 times in the last two/three months. Last night everything went as planned until I went to check in. That is when I met Anthony at the front desk. When my partner and I walked in, things didn’t seem right. He seem flustered and it was very apparent that he didn’t want to be there anymore.
Now with that being said, we always keep in mind that people who work at the front desk work with lots of other customers so nice and some not so much. We took his off putting demeanor as he was tired and had been working hard. However, that never excesses what happened next.
Anthony was very short with us. There was not warm welcome and no sort of added customer service small talk, if you must. He seemed very rushed and acted as if he couldn’t be bother with us during our checking. He asked if we made a reservation and was polite when it came to asking for our information like or identification and debit card used to reserve the room.
Anthony then told us that there would be a $250 deposit. Not that the money was an issue but I am a member who has been coming to that particular location for a couple months now and I happen to know that because I’m a member, the deposit is only $100. I politely gave this informational Anthony and even told him could check my previous reservation and payment, as I was just there 48 hours prior to this current visit.
He rudely refused to check, said that he was “just following protocol and that this was their rules. I ask him since when has this rule changed? In which he replies “about two months ago now, I’m just doing MY hob so you can take it or leave it” Now as I said before… I’ve been going to that exact location for two/three months now and I have always been given the member discount of a $100 deposit.
I asked Anthony who we could speak to in order to get the correct information. Anthony replied “ you can speak to the manager in the morning or call this number”. I declined and said I would deal with it on my own… as I am doing so now.
Here is my problem… I’m okay with being charged the $250, we getting back in a couple business day anyway. What I’m not okay with is how rude and dismissive Anthony was to my partner and myself. It definitely could have been handled differently and that reflects in both Anthony and the company as a whole. I hope that Anthony can learn from this experience and get the proper training he need to handle these kinds of situations.
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Providence Portland Medical Center
Address: 4805 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213, USA
Main Phone: (503) 215-1111
Did you know that Providence Portland Medical Center rates 3.5/5 based on 263 total ratings?
Reviews for Providence Portland Medical Center
3 weeks ago
I was at this hospital for a PET scan. Heather could not have been more attentive and caring. She was professional and yet was kind and empathetic. She explained things to me and answered any questions I had, all the while making sure I was comfortable.
2 weeks ago
I had an excellent experience at Providence Portland recently when I was transferred there from Providence Hood River with a small bowel obstruction.
My situation was extra complicated due to a very large dead tumor in my abdomen. The neuroendocrine tumor was dead from cancer treatments I had received at Envita in Scottsdale, Arizona, but I hadn’t found any surgeons willing to risk removing it. But, as God’s will unfolded, it was apparent that the surgical team and support staff I needed was at Providence Portland. The risky, major surgery was completely successful!
I spent over two weeks at Providence Portland in the surgical oncology wing and found the facilities, the staff, and the nurses to be excellent. Unlike other hospital experiences, everyone at Providence Portland was polite, helpful, and compassionate. The staff was quick to answer my calls for a nurse and I felt very cared for.
5 months ago
AVOID WITH A 10 FOOT POLE! INSANE medical bills! I had a small cyst on my wrist which barely even caused any issues, but my doctor said getting it surgically removed would minimize the chance it would come back. If I had known that I would be hit with a $10,000 bill for such a small surgery, where I was in the hospital for only 3 hours, I wouldn’t have even considered surgery and would’ve gotten the cyst drained for $100. Getting the same surgery done in outpatient would’ve cost at most $2,000. Frankly, if you survive whatever issue brings you to this hospital, good luck surviving the ensuing hospital bills. The operation room charge was $6,500 alone… no customer service representatives cared enough or tried to help, and there is no reason this bill should be this high when pharmacy, surgeon, and anesthesia were billed separately. They did not offer any discount for paying in full. The orthopedic specialist doctor also failed to inform me of how expensive this procedure would be, even though she was clearly aware of the price of such an operation in the hospital. Go somewhere else, even if it’s an emergency. Not worth it.