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Things to Do in Portland, Oregon

Portland Saturday Market

The Portland Saturday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from March through December and features artisans and food vendors from the Pacific Northwest. It’s located off of Naito Parkway along the Willamette River. Meander through the booths, buy a gift or two, sample some kombucha, listen to the live band, and gobble down an elephant ear. [For those of you unfamiliar with the edible type of elephant ear, it is a pastry about the size of a real elephant’s ear covered in cinnamon and sugar goodness.]

Old Town Chinatown

Some of Portland’s must-dos are located within the boundaries of Old Town Chinatown. But whether or not you decide to hit all the must-dos or not, take some time to wander the streets of Old Town Chinatown. Take in all the sights, and see what you discover. Some of the places you may want to stop and experience are Lan Su Chinese Garden, Voodoo Doughnuts [be prepared to wait in line], and the historic Union Station.

Powell’s

An entire city block of books. What’s not to love? If you’re a reader, you better sketch out some good quality time to peruse Powell’s bookstore. It’s hard for me to resist books, and one of my dreams has been to have a library requiring a sliding ladder in my house, so this was a must stop (twice!) for me.

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Portland, Oregon

 

Population: 619,360 [Source: United States Census Bureau]

Location: Multnomah County, Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S.A.

People: Portlanders

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.

Fun Facts:

• 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.

[Source: www.pdxhistory.com]