Population: 619,360 [Source: United States Census Bureau]
Location: Multnomah County, Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S.A.
Name: Portland was named for Francis W. Pettygrove’s hometown of Portland, Maine, in 1845.
Population in 1850 [the time of the first U.S. Census]: 821
Enjoy a little history about Portland, Oregon:
Before the Oregon Territory was established as such, two bands of Upper Chinook Indians lived in the area now known as Portland. In the 1830s and 1840s, American, Canadian, and British traders, trappers, and settlers began to settle in this spot. It was a common stopping place along the Willamette River as people traveled between Oregon City and Fort Vancouver.
The breathtaking views, access to water, and much more aided in the settlement of the Portland area. Portland became a more attractive settlement than Oregon City, the then territorial capital, due to its prime location at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.
• Host of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, a world’s fair
• 33rd state to join the Union, in 1859
• Portland’s first amusement park, Oaks Park, which opened in 1905, is still open.
• Clark Gable sold neckties at the Meier & Frank department store in Portland before becoming famous in Hollywood.