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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.” [19] 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

The Projection Museum

Address: 53 SE 80th Ave, Portland, OR 97215, USA

Main Phone: (310) 621-5614

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Latitude: 45.5219976

Longitude: -122.5817567

Did you know that The Projection Museum rates 3.7/5 based on 3 total ratings?

Reviews for The Projection Museum

Lily Spindor

Lily Spindor

5/5

3 months ago

There is cat in the window they are cool

Erin Cooper

Erin Cooper

4/5

4 years ago

Wonderful and unique performance space

De Hoctor

De Hoctor

2/5

2 years ago


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KB Custom Framing & Gallery

Address: 7828A SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215, USA

Main Phone: (503) 257-0711

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Latitude: 45.51908

Longitude: -122.5826736

Did you know that KB Custom Framing & Gallery rates 5/5 based on 52 total ratings?

Reviews for KB Custom Framing & Gallery

Katherine Prendergast

Katherine Prendergast

5/5

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.

Jessica Quaicoe

Jessica Quaicoe

5/5

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!

Holly Adair

Holly Adair

5/5

6 months ago

Thank you, Greg, for rushing my framing project so I would have it for my daughters birthday. It turned out even better than I imagined. I will recommend KB Custom Framing for their quality workmanship, fair and reasonable prices and great customer service.


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Mark Brody

Address: 423 SE 69th Ave, Portland, OR 97215, USA

Main Phone: (503) 481-5970

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Latitude: 45.519893

Longitude: -122.592526

Did you know that Mark Brody rates 5/5 based on 2 total ratings?

Reviews for Mark Brody

R Todd Johnson

R Todd Johnson

5/5

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!

Betty

Betty

5/5

2 years ago

Beautiful mosaic artwork!


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Agenda

Address: 4505 SE Belmont St Suite A, Portland, OR 97215, USA

Main Phone: (503) 347-5318

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Latitude: 45.5167311

Longitude: -122.6159671

Did you know that Agenda rates 5/5 based on 4 total ratings?

Reviews for Agenda

Stephen Mika

Stephen Mika

5/5

9 months ago

They have such an amazing collection of local/west coast artists. Their space is inviting, and they’re constantly changing artist shows, so there’s always fresh pieces to check out.

Best way in town to support local artists and small business

sethers775

sethers775

5/5

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!!

Christopher Dibble

Christopher Dibble

5/5

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.

Days Inn by Wyndham Portland Central

Address: 1530 NE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220, USA

Main Phone: (503) 253-1151

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Latitude: 45.5341995

Longitude: -122.5781493

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

R S

R S

1/5

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.

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

2/5

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.

Nikki Arthur

Nikki Arthur

2/5

2 years ago

Received an unfriendly welcome from who I assume was the owner. Area seemed okay but found out later very sketch location. I understand if you have had issues with homeless etc but you have to treat people kinder.


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Comfort Inn

Address: 8225 NE Wasco Street Jct. 82nd &, I-84, Portland, OR 97220, USA

Main Phone: (503) 408-8000

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Latitude: 45.5326112

Longitude: -122.578306

Did you know that Comfort Inn rates 3.9/5 based on 426 total ratings?

Reviews for Comfort Inn

Yü Wu

Yü Wu

4/5

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.

Emily D

Emily D

5/5

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.

Roxanne Washington

Roxanne Washington

2/5

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

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Latitude: 45.5276578

Longitude: -122.6125753

Did you know that Providence Portland Medical Center rates 3.5/5 based on 263 total ratings?

Reviews for Providence Portland Medical Center

Bev Wright

Bev Wright

5/5

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.

Susan Booth

Susan Booth

5/5

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.

Brad Subramaniam

Brad Subramaniam

1/5

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.


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Liana Corliss, FNP

Address: 5050 NE Hoyt St Suite 362, Portland, OR 97213, USA

Main Phone: (503) 239-6800

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Latitude: 45.5267943

Longitude: -122.6116653

Did you know that Liana Corliss, FNP rates 5/5 based on 15 total ratings?

Reviews for Liana Corliss, FNP

miss mazey

miss mazey

5/5

10 months ago

I’ve been coming here for years. They delivered both my children (now age 8 and 4). I come here for all of my feminine issues and every time I leave I am blown away by how knowledgeable they are. They are also incredibly professional, as well as personable. Sometimes I see a different practitioner at every appointment (I always choose the next available) and I have yet to develop a favorite; They are all amazing. Thank you all so much for my continuing care!

Annette Culbertson

Annette Culbertson

5/5

7 months ago

Liana is one of the most personable doctors I’ve had. She asks questions, listens and provides medical information. She explains what she is doing, why and will let you know the options. Liana allows time to hear your concerns and answers questions. She is kind, empathetic and professional.

Mariah Bussard

Mariah Bussard

5/5

a year ago

I went to see Liana Corliss for the first time a few weeks ago and immediately felt comfortable with her which is not common for me, especially with heath care professionals. She has been very considerate and helpful every time I see her. Actually takes the time to talk with you to figure out what’s going on and seems genuinely happy to see you.


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Michael E Carroll, M.D.

Address: 5050 NE Hoyt St Suite 454, Portland, OR 97213, USA

Main Phone: (503) 215-6405

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Latitude: 45.5269679

Longitude: -122.6115839

Did you know that Michael E Carroll, M.D. rates 3.9/5 based on 11 total ratings?

Reviews for Michael E Carroll, M.D.

Jeff Holmes

Jeff Holmes

5/5

2 months ago

Dr. Carroll has been my PCP for over 15 years and has been great. All of the advise, referrals have been helpful. Very smart and knowledgable about the options. Very personable.

‎‎Jaiden‏ Telford

‎‎Jaiden‏ Telford

1/5

2 months ago

This man is a complete failure of a doctor. I know was affected very seriously medically and this clown kept cracking jokes and should have their medical license revoked for malpractice. Look elsewhere for care.

A Bba

A Bba

5/5

2 years ago

Used GM to find Dr Carrolls number and was shocked by the negative reviews, Dr Carroll is a great and attentive doctor. A little quirky? Sure. But genuinely cares about his patients. Moved out of state and his office is still working with me until I get a new health plan even though I can’t show up for visits. I wish every town had a Dr Carroll!


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Multnomah University

Address: 8435 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97220, USA

Main Phone: (503) 255-0332

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Latitude: 45.5269038

Longitude: -122.5765119

Did you know that Multnomah University rates 4.3/5 based on 25 total ratings?

Reviews for Multnomah University

Britt McConahay

Britt McConahay

5/5

a year ago

Loved this school. Went for my 4 year BS and followed up with my 2 year MAT degree. Fantastic community. Life changing professors. And living in the heart of Portland was a blast as a young person!

Carlen Anglin

Carlen Anglin

5/5

2 years ago

I transferred into Multnomah as a junior, and it was such a positive experience. They made the process of transferring and changing schools easy and smooth. The professors were all very encouraging, the staff was helpful, and the other students were all very welcoming. I loved my time at Multnomah!

Joe Slavens

Joe Slavens

5/5

a year ago

There’s no other place on the planet that’s changed my life more than Multnomah University! I’ve lived in a variety of places and even overseas, and there’s no place quite like Multnomah. The people make all the difference, and the Spirit of the Lord is evident here. I love Multnomah, and I can’t say enough good about it!

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Oregon Zoo

Address: 4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221, USA

Main Phone: (503) 226-1561

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Latitude: 45.5100569

Longitude: -122.7158264

Did you know that Oregon Zoo rates 4.5/5 based on 17090 total ratings?

Reviews for Oregon Zoo

Kesslan Hervey

Kesslan Hervey

5/5

5 months ago

Best. Zoo. Ever!!
They take such good care of their animals while making sure people will be able to see them! The enclosures are huge and well taken care of and everyone is so nice! I’ve been to a LOT of zoos across the country but only the Woodland Park zoo even comes close and this one is so much better and a heck of a lot cheaper!! I go here as often as I can!

Kelly Gajer

Kelly Gajer

5/5

a year ago

Oregon Zoo is growing into a better version of itself. Having worked at the San Diego Zoo, I had the privilege of meeting many compassionate zoo keepers and animal handlers. It gave me a profound respect for a zoo’s mission to preserve and learn the science of species with kindness and respect. Oregon Zoo is on the way to becoming a place for wildlife to exist in peace. The elephant enclosure expansion is an example of forward thinking and offers an environment conducive to healthy living. #OZ

Denyse M Schwengels (Deny4theDish)

Denyse M Schwengels (Deny4theDish)

5/5

11 months ago

The Oregon Zoo is located on Canyon Rd. In Portland, Oregon right next to the Max line and in the same parking lot as The Children’s Museum. They have so much to do all year around. I frequent the zoo at least one time a year, during the summer months and every year I attend the zoo lights at Christmas. So if you’ve never seen the Zoo at the holiday season…its a must see! Its a good idea to check the website for all events and listings for their hours of operation as they may change frequently per season! I give The Oregon Zoo ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for such fantastic events and organization of blending all the holiday events so beautifully. The Zoo is very clean, and all the animals are cared for so well. There is always something to do if you are looking for entertainment for the whole family! I know that my autistic son just loved to come to the zoo no matter what time of year, and he was not an easy child to please at times. It wore down some of the energy he had been storing up over the colder seasons too! Please remember to check the website for pricing and incidentals before you go… those looking to stay within a budget, can find coupons for buy one, get one free and discounted admissions on the website and in the Oregonian Newspaper. Local businesses like to promote and support each other by offering discounts to senior citizens and students as well! Be safe & have fun! 😉

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