Thursday, May 13, 2010
Portland visit and a wedding
So excited to be going up to Oregon this weekend for my cousins wedding. I will be doing a spot of shopping in historic Portland. Then attending my lovely cousins wedding on Saturday. It shall be a fun getaway weekend. So here's a spot of history on Portland.
The History of Portland, Oregon began in 1843 on the Willamette River in what was then called Oregon Country. In 1845 the name of Portland was chosen for this community and on February 8, 1851 the city was incorporated. Portland has continued to grow in size and population with the 2000 Census showing 529,121 residents in the city.
In 1905, Portland was the host city of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, a world fair. This event increased recognition of the city, which contributed to a doubling of the population of Portland, from 90,426 in 1900 to 207,214 in 1910. In 1915, the city merged with Linnton and St. Johns.
During the dot-com boom of the mid to late 1990s, Portland saw an influx of young, creative people, drawn by the promise of a city with abundant nature, urban growth boundaries, and opportunities to work in the graphic design and internet industries, as well as for companies like Doc Martens, Nike, Adidas, and Wieden+Kennedy. When this economic bubble burst, the city was left with a large creative population. Also, when the bubble burst in Seattle and San Francisco, even more artists streamed into Portland, drawn in part by the relatively inexpensive cost of living for the West Coast. In 2000 the U.S. census indicated there were over 10,000 artists in Portland