Portland = Personality Plus!

Reprinted from PN July 2008

Whether called "The Rose City," "Bridgetown," or "Beertown," Portland, Ore., is a thriving green, clean, and friendly city that offers something for everyone.

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When PVA's 62nd Convention and Annual Meeting takes place on August 1823, attendees will, when not conducting the organization's business, have the opportunity to experience and enjoy Portland and the surrounding area. But even if you're not a PVA member planning to be at the convention, you might want to put this destination near the top of your travel list.

Geography & Climate

Portland lies at the northern end of Oregon's most populated region, the Willamette Valley. It's on an extinct volcanic field that includes at least 32 cinder cones. Bend, Ore., and Portland are the only cities in the contiguous United States with extinct volcanoes within their boundaries. The dormant (but potentially active) volcano Mount Hood is easily visible from much of the city, and the active volcano Mount Saint Helens, to the north in Washington, is visible in the distance from high-elevation locations in Portland.

The city began as a spot known as "the clearing," on the banks of the Willamette River about halfway between Oregon City and Fort Vancouver. Back in 1843, a man named William Overton saw great commercial potential for the land but lacked funds for filing a claim, so he made a deal with his partner. For 25 cents, Overton would share his claim to the 640-acre site. Overton later sold his half of the claim to Francis Pettygrove, of Portland, Maine. A coin toss gave the naming rights to Pettygrove, who called the new city Portland after his hometown.

The new Portland grew quickly. Its access to the Pacific Ocean via the Willamette and Columbia rivers and to the agricultural Tualatin Valley gave it an advantage over nearby ports. It remained the Pacific Northwest's major port for much of the nineteenth centuryuntil the 1890s, when Seattle's deepwater harbor was connected to the rest of the mainland by rail, resulting in an inland route without navigating the treacherous Columbia River.

Summers in Portland are reportedly warm and relatively dry. The area averages 155 days with measurable precipitation annually. The highest temperature ever recorded was 107 F, set on July 30, 1965, as well as August 8 and 10, 1981. In August, temperatures average 81 (high) and 58 (low), with rainfall just over an inch.

Did you know that Portland got its name as the result of a coin flip? Read more about PVA's convention city in the July PN.


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