Portland Local Customs

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  • Local Customs
    by Ewingjr98
  • Local Customs
    by Ewingjr98

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  • 1. umbrellas? Not for locals!

    This is a weather related tip and thus doesn't fit into any of the currently available VirtualTourst categories: Portland has a well-earned reputation as a place where it rains a lot. The local...

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  • 2. Blackberries for everyone

    Blackberries are everywhere in the Portland area, and to a lesser extent all over the northwest. The most common type was introduced and is now considered an invasive species because they take over...

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  • 3. Stay in your car

    In this day and age, self service is the norm. But not in Portland, at least not when it comes to gasoline. Oregon is only one of two states in the US where you cannot pump your own gasoline. In 2003,...

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  • 4. Rose Queen

    The Rose Festival Court is comprised of 14 outstanding women who are selected from 14 Portland-area high schools by their respective student bodies. Each court member represents her school throughout...

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  • 5. Henry Weinhard's Brewery & Woodland Pass IPA Beer

    Henry Weinhard, a German-American brewer, moved to the west coast in 1855. He began working in the local Fort Vancouver brewery, located across the Columbia...

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  • 6. Harvey W Scott 1838 - 1910

    Harvey Scott was an early Portland resident, and a statue to his honor is located in Mt. Tabor Park on the east side of Portland. The statue claims that he was...

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  • 7. Timbers Army

    The largest fan supporter group in the Major League Soccer - top level for US and Canada - resides in Portland. The group began in days when the Timbers were...

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  • 8. Timber Joey

    Professional soccer has been around Portland since the late 1970's when the first Portland Timbers team competed in the now-defunct NASL against the likes of...

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  • 9. The most eco-friendly city in the US

    I'm not sure exactly how it all started, but whenever a list is made of the "greenest" cities in the world, Portland always comes up near the top. Portlanders...

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  • 10. Such a happy place!

    Another thing Portland is famous for is its high number of microbreweries, earning the city such nicknames as "Beervana" and "Brewtopia". At the moment there...

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  • 11. Food carts of Portland

    Nowhere else in the world will you see such a high concentration of food carts as in downtown Portland. It's estimated that there are now over 400 food carts in...

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  • 12. Don't call them water fountains!

    I thought it was funny to see how proud Portlanders seem to be of their Benson Bubblers - our walking tour guide even told us he'd once seen a woman with a...

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  • 13. Portland is a beer mecca

    There are many great reasons to visit Portland but if you are a beer connoisseur, the most important one is to sample what are admittedly some of the finest...

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  • 14. Benson Bubbler Drinking Fountains

    Simon Benson was one of the early Portland eccentrics, and was involved with a number of odd ventures including an attempt to start automobile manufacturing in...

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  • 15. Oregon Grape

    I have more photos about this one at my Oregon Grape tip for Oregon customs and traditions as well.Every once in a while, you will hear new comers and visitors...

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  • 16. Do Not Hit the Cyclists

    Portland has bike lanes, which are located to the right of the regular car lanes. Importantly, when you're making a right turn in a car (or parallel parking!),...

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  • 17. Meier & Frank / Macy's / Christmas Decorations

    Meier & Frank was one of Portland's first dry goods and general stores, having been founded in 1857. In 2006, the name Meier & Frank, after a series of...

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  • 18. Community Gardens

    If you only have the money to live in an appartment, but want to be able to grow things, especially things to eat because you don't trust the local food supply,...

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  • 19. The Public Process and Required Notices

    Some who are new to Portland and find they can't remove trees from their land without "the process" get upset that neighbors are allowed to comment on these...

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  • 20. Eccentric Neighborhood Art

    In recent years Portland has become known for attracting eccentric people, but the fact is that years before this was known to the outside world, Portland had...

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  • 21. Rhododendrons

    Rhododendrons grow wild in the Cascade mountains. Naturally, Portland would be well suited for many of the domestic varieties. So, despite the fact that the...

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  • 22. Portland Fire Hydrants - and Web Guide to Them

    Unless something catches fire, most people don't think about the nearest fire hydrant, its location, or how reliable it might or might not be, or what type of...

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  • 23. Divide & Conquer

    Update: September 2007Portland is bisected by the Willamette River, dividing East from West. Locals pronounce it WIL-lam-it; Easterners seem to prefer...

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  • 24. Big Pink: US Bank Tower

    If you hear Portland residents refer to "Big Pink", it is most likely the US Bank Tower in downtown Portland.Built in the 1980s, the building stood out among...

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  • 25. Portland's Engraved Sidewalks and Curbs

    When Portland first made the transition from wooden sidewalks to concrete, the company, date, and name of streets at intersections were engraved.Photo 1 shows...

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