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"The City of Roses"

The Oregon state capital is Salem.

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97201, 97202, 97203, 97204, 97205, 97206, 97207, 97208, 97209, 97210, 97211, 97212, 97213, 97214, 97215, 97216, 97217, 97218, 97219, 97220, 97221, 97222, 97223, 97224, 97225, 97227, 97228, 97229, 97230, 97231, 97232, 97233, 97236, 97238, 97240, 97242, 97251, 97253, 97254, 97255, 97256, 97258, 97259, 97266, 97267, 97268, 97269, 97271, 97272, 97280, 97281, 97282, 97283, 97286, 97290, 97291, 97292, 97293, 97294, 97296, 97298, 97299

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Portland is approximately 513,325 (2000), 583776 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 198,368 (1990), 248546 (2010).

The amount of land area in Portland is 322.873 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Portland is 130 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 25.009 sq kilometers.
The distance from Portland to Washington DC is 2455 miles. The distance to the Oregon state capital is 46 miles. (as the crow flies)
Portland is positioned 45.53 degrees north of the equator and 122.65 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Portland elevation is from sea level to 11,235 with an average elevation of 173 feet above sea level.
The Portland city flower is the Rose.
The city bird is the Great Blue Heron.
Portland miscellany.

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Portland location: North West Oregon where the Columbia and Willamette rivers meet on the Washington/Oregon border. Portland is about 78 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Portland is mild, with high temperatures in the summer rarely over 80 and winter temperatures rarely below 40.
Portland average annual rainfall is 37 inches per year
Portland average temperature is 66 (summer) and 38 (winter) degrees F.
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History & History Related Items

Portland history:

Portland and Oregon's history begins with images of covered wagons, pioneers and fur trappers against a backdrop of rugged mountains, beautifully green forest, the roaring of wild rivers and the hardship of the Oregon Trail.

Men of the Lewis and Clark expedition entered this wild country in 1806. Twenty years later, the Columbia River had become almost exclusively the shipping lane of the Hudson's Bay Company with the British bringing in shiploads of much needed supplies and leaving laden with lush furs.

Portland was founded in 1851 and was part of a 640 acre land claim owned by Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove. Lovejoy, a native of Massachusetts, wanted to name the settlement Boston. Pettygrove was from Maine and wanted to name the settlement Portland. The disagreement wa settled with a coin toss. Pettygrove. won.

The early settlers were determined to build a community where businesses could grow and prosper and so the people and natural resources were nurtured.

Oregon was the only state in the country to pass a "bottle bill" requiring a 5 cent deposit on beverage cans and bottles. Thanks to the far-sighted legislators in the early 1970's, private land owners can't restrict access to Oregon's beaches. Beaches belong to the people. The Portland area leads the country in light-rail development that boasted the best transit system in the country. Many volunteer groups work to keep our highways and beaches clean because "recycling is a way of life." The spirit of those Oregon pioneers laid the foundation for what Oregon and Portland is today: A good place to live and raise a family.

(Information researched and submitted by Lacy Krikland, High Desert Middle School)
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Portland attractions:

Outdoor Recreation: camping, fishing, hiking, river rafting, biking, skiing, wind surfing, and kite flying

Sports: Portland offers many spectator sports, from the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers to many other sports.

Culture: Many art galleries and museums
The Oregon History Center: We're a lot more than just a museum. Explore the history of your home, neighborhood, heirlooms, and family. Attend exciting children's fairs, family events, workshops and group tours. Join us on travels through the Old Oregon Country and discover the treasures of our heritage in our colorful exshibits, famous museum, and extensive research library. Oregon history is unforgettable. And, by coincidence, so is a visit to the Oregon History Center. Tues through Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 (Closed Monday) Cost: $4.50 for Adults, $1.50 for students. Members & children under six free. Seniors free Thursdays. Group tours available (call 503-222-1741) 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205-2483

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Attractions in Portland

The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights
Call (503) 261-2400 for more information

Portland Rose Festival
1999 Festival is June 3-27, 1999
Please call the Portland Rose Festival association for information:

The Portland Saturday Market
The largest open-air crafts market in the COUNTRY!
108 West Burnside
Portland, Oregon 97209-4091
Phone: (503) 222-6072
Email: psm@teleport.com

Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
1945 SE Water Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97214
Phone: 503-797-4000
Please call for more information

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
Phone: 503-226-2811

Metro Washington Park Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, Oregon 97221
Phone: 503-226-ROAR or 226-7627
This zoo has constructed mini ecosystems that mirror those found across the world. You'll be as close as you'd ever want to be to the beauty of the wild side of this planet.

CascadeLink is a web site with information about the Portland/Vancouver, Washington region. It's chockful of useful information and links

Wild Side Portland - Many other adventures to have in the Portland area.

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