Portland Facts



Interesting Facts about Portland

1. Portland, Oregon, was named in a coin toss after Francis Pettygrove's hometown of Portland, Maine. If Asa Lovejoy had won, we would live in Boston, Oregon instead. You can see the penny they tossed in the lobby of the Oregon Historical Society.

2. Portland is the proud home of the largest independent bookstore in the U.S. - Powell's City of Books.

3. Random fact: Portland also has the smallest park in the world: Mill Ends Park, measuring in at a whopping 452 square inches. Journalist Dick Fagen created the park as a home for leprechauns, and it was incorporated as an official city park on St. Patrick's Day in 1976.

4. Important fact: When you pull into a gas station, let the attendant fill your tank. It is illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon.

5. Portland is the second most bike friendly city in the United States according to Bicycle Magazine.

6. Portland has a number of unique bridges. The St. Johns Bridge was the first bridge to have aviation clearance lights on its towers. It has beautiful gothic towers, and is generally regarded as Portland's prettiest bridge.

7. Portland has more strip clubs per capita than any other city in the US.

8. Weird fact: There is no sales tax in Oregon.

9. The Port of Portland exports more wheat than any other port in the US.

10. Fun fact: Voodoo Doughnuts offers legal marriage ceremonies.

11. Founded in 1917, Portland's International Rose Test Garden is the longest operating rose test garden in the U.S. During World War I, hybridists from all over the world sent roses to the garden for safekeeping.

12. Interesting fact: Portlandia is the second largest hammered copper statue in the US. The largest is the Statue of Liberty.

Things to See in Portland

  • Rose Garden
  • Lloyd Center
  • Portland Airport
  • Lake Oswego
  • Pioneer Square Park

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