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High above the city of Portland the International Rose Test Garden features more than 500 varieties of roses cultivated continuously since 1917.

In 1905 the largest long cabin in the world was built in Portland to honor the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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  • News 1851 - January 23 – The flip of a coin determines whether a new city in the Oregon Territory is named after Boston, Massachusetts, or Portland, Maine, with Portland winning.
    "By 1843, two New Englanders—Asa Lovejoy of Boston, Massachusetts, and Francis Pettygrove of Portland, Maine—had established a land claim...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Portland
    Portland, a post-town of Oregon Territory, on the Willamette river, at the head of ship navigation, 15 miles from its mouth. It is the largest and...Read MORE...


  • 1873 - Great fire in Portland destroyed most of town

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ortimeln.htm

  • News 1884 - December 17 - A three week blockade of snow began at Portland, OR. A record December total of 34 inches was received.

    WeatherForYou.com
    December 17, 1884

  • News January 9, 1888 - Severe cold gripped much of the western U.S. At Portland OR the Columbia River was frozen for two weeks, and in southern California temperatures dipped below freezing in some of the citrus growing areas.

    WeatherForYou.com
    January 9, 1888

  • News 1889 - June 3 – The first long distance electric power transmission line in the United States is completed, running 14 miles (23 km) between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.

    www.wikipedia.org
    June 3, 1889

  • Portland, Oregon, USA
    Morrison Street, Portland, Oregon
    Postcard
  • News 1893 - ELECTRIC CAR RUNS AWAY. THREE MEN KILLED AND MANY INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT AT PORTLAND, ORE.
    Portland, Ore., Feb. 16. - A frightful accident occurred on the City & Suburban Electric Railway Wednesday afternoon in which three persons were...Read MORE...


  • News 1894 - June 6 - One of the greatest floods in U.S. history occurred as the Williamette River overflowed to inundate half of the business district of Portland OR.

    WeatherForYou.com
    June 6, 1894

  • 1895 - Portland
    Portland, the most populous city of Oregon, a port of entry, and the capital of Multnomah co., is situated on the left (W.) bank of the Willamette...Read MORE...


  • Portland, Oregon, USA
    The Chutes at "The Oaks", Portland, Oregon.
    Postcard
  • 1901 - Portland - The Metropolis of the Pacific North-West by Thomas L. Cole
    One autumn evening in 1843, A. M. Overton and A. L. Lovejoy, two residents of Oregon City, on their way home from Vancouver, landed from their canoe...Read MORE...


  • News 1903 - Laid Low By Fire. Mills on Water Front Destroyed. Total Loss Is $260,000. Flames Spread From Their Origin in a Dry Kiln. Firemen Hurt-No Lives Lost
    Easter & Western Lumber Co., J.A. Martin & Co. and Portland Union Stockyards Are the Heaviest Losers.

    Loss - Insurance
    Easter & Western Lumber...Read MORE...


  • News 1905 - June 1 - Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition opens in Portland, Oregon

    historyorb.com
    June 1, 1905

  • 1906
    Portland, the most populous city of Oregon, a port of entry, and the capital of Multnomah co., is situated on the Willamette River (here crossed by...Read MORE...


  • News 1916 - Funeral Is Halted While 14 Months Old Boy Is Carried Home.
    Nick Falotico, the 14 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Rocco Falotico, 615 Fourth Street, was possibly fatally injured by being struck by Finley &...Read MORE...


  • Portland, Oregon, USA
    Hotel Portland, Portland, Ore.
    Postcard
  • News 1922 - FOUR ARE DEAD IN HOTEL FIRE.
    Portland, Oregon, Dec. 1. - Four men lost their lives in a fire today in the Ben Hur Hotel formerly known as the Oak Hotel in the business district...Read MORE...


  • 1922 - March 21 - KGW-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions

    historyorb.com

  • News 1925 - June 25 - The mercury hit 101 degrees at Portland, OR, their earliest 100 degree reading of record.

    WeatherForYou.com
    June 25, 1925

  • Portland, Oregon, USA
    The Union Station, Portland, Oregon
    Postcard
  • News 1942 - June 30 - The temperature at Portland, OR, hit 102 degrees, an all-time record for that location.

    The Weather Channel
    June 30, 1942

  • News 1948 - FLOOD CRASHES DENVER, UNION AVE. DIKES - Water Spills Into Kelso, Woodland - Vanport Homes Swept Eastward in Low Area, Man Plunged to Death
    Cracking under the weight of water covering flooded Vanport, the Denver avenue and Union avenue roadway dikes washed out Monday night and spewed a...Read MORE...


  • 1948 - Mill Ends Park in Portland, the world's smallest official park, measures two feet across. It was created in 1948 for the leprechauns, and a place to hold snail races on St. Patrick's Day.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ oregon.html

  • News 1952 - October 1 - 1st ultra high frequency (UHF) television station, Portland Oregon

    historyorb.com
    October 1, 1952

  • 1955 - Portland - "Operation Greenlight"
    In 1955, their city government completed "Operation Greenlight"—a drill to evacuate the city center. Hospital patients were packed into semi-trucks, ...Read MORE...




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Morrison Street, Portland, Oregon
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The Chutes at "The Oaks", Portland, Oregon.
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Hotel Portland, Portland, Ore.
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The Union Station, Portland, Oregon
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  • News  1851 - January 23 – The flip of a coin determines whether a new city in the Oregon Territory is named after Boston, Massachusetts, or Portland, Maine, with Portland winning.
    "By 1843, two New Englanders—Asa Lovejoy of Boston, Massachusetts, and Francis Pettygrove of Portland, Maine—had established a land claim... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Portland
    Portland, a post-town of Oregon Territory, on the Willamette river, at the head of ship navigation, 15 miles from its mouth. It is the largest and... Read MORE...

  • 1873 - Great fire in Portland destroyed most of town

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ortimeln.htm
  • News  1884 - December 17 - A three week blockade of snow began at Portland, OR. A record December total of 34 inches was received.

    WeatherForYou.com
    December 17, 1884
  • News  January 9, 1888 - Severe cold gripped much of the western U.S. At Portland OR the Columbia River was frozen for two weeks, and in southern California temperatures dipped below freezing in some of the citrus growing areas.

    WeatherForYou.com
    January 9, 1888
  • News  1889 - June 3 – The first long distance electric power transmission line in the United States is completed, running 14 miles (23 km) between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.

    www.wikipedia.org
    June 3, 1889
  • News  1893 - ELECTRIC CAR RUNS AWAY. THREE MEN KILLED AND MANY INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT AT PORTLAND, ORE.
    Portland, Ore., Feb. 16. - A frightful accident occurred on the City & Suburban Electric Railway Wednesday afternoon in which three persons were... Read MORE...

  • News  1894 - June 6 - One of the greatest floods in U.S. history occurred as the Williamette River overflowed to inundate half of the business district of Portland OR.

    WeatherForYou.com
    June 6, 1894
  • 1895 - Portland
    Portland, the most populous city of Oregon, a port of entry, and the capital of Multnomah co., is situated on the left (W.) bank of the Willamette... Read MORE...

  • 1901 - Portland - The Metropolis of the Pacific North-West by Thomas L. Cole
    One autumn evening in 1843, A. M. Overton and A. L. Lovejoy, two residents of Oregon City, on their way home from Vancouver, landed from their canoe... Read MORE...

  • News  1903 - Laid Low By Fire. Mills on Water Front Destroyed. Total Loss Is $260,000. Flames Spread From Their Origin in a Dry Kiln. Firemen Hurt-No Lives Lost
    Easter & Western Lumber Co., J.A. Martin & Co. and Portland Union Stockyards Are the Heaviest Losers.

    Loss - Insurance
    Easter & Western Lumber... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - June 1 - Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition opens in Portland, Oregon

    historyorb.com
    June 1, 1905
  • 1906
    Portland, the most populous city of Oregon, a port of entry, and the capital of Multnomah co., is situated on the Willamette River (here crossed by... Read MORE...

  • News  1916 - Funeral Is Halted While 14 Months Old Boy Is Carried Home.
    Nick Falotico, the 14 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Rocco Falotico, 615 Fourth Street, was possibly fatally injured by being struck by Finley &... Read MORE...

  • 1922 - March 21 - KGW-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions

    historyorb.com
  • News  1922 - FOUR ARE DEAD IN HOTEL FIRE.
    Portland, Oregon, Dec. 1. - Four men lost their lives in a fire today in the Ben Hur Hotel formerly known as the Oak Hotel in the business district... Read MORE...

  • News  1925 - June 25 - The mercury hit 101 degrees at Portland, OR, their earliest 100 degree reading of record.

    WeatherForYou.com
    June 25, 1925
  • News  1942 - June 30 - The temperature at Portland, OR, hit 102 degrees, an all-time record for that location.

    The Weather Channel
    June 30, 1942
  • 1948 - Mill Ends Park in Portland, the world's smallest official park, measures two feet across. It was created in 1948 for the leprechauns, and a place to hold snail races on St. Patrick's Day.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ oregon.html
  • News  1948 - FLOOD CRASHES DENVER, UNION AVE. DIKES - Water Spills Into Kelso, Woodland - Vanport Homes Swept Eastward in Low Area, Man Plunged to Death
    Cracking under the weight of water covering flooded Vanport, the Denver avenue and Union avenue roadway dikes washed out Monday night and spewed a... Read MORE...

  • News  1952 - October 1 - 1st ultra high frequency (UHF) television station, Portland Oregon

    historyorb.com
    October 1, 1952
  • 1955 - Portland - "Operation Greenlight"
    In 1955, their city government completed "Operation Greenlight"—a drill to evacuate the city center. Hospital patients were packed into semi-trucks, ... Read MORE...

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