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Fun and interesting facts about Portland, Oregon

If you have ever wondered what makes Portland, Oregon special, here is a list of some fun and interesting facts about the City of Roses:

Portland has many nicknames

Portland has more than one nickname. Maybe the most famous is the City of Roses: everything started in 1888 when Georgina Pittock created the Portland Rose Society; now, the city also has a Rose Festival every year. Besides this, Portland is also known as Bridgetown (because of its 14 bridges), Portlandia (with reference to the TV comedy series), and PDX (from Portland’s International Airport).

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Portland takes pride in its weirdness

Keep Portland weird is the city’s slogan!

Read more: HOW TO SPEND 24 HOURS IN PORTLAND, OREGON

The city has the smallest park in the world

Mills End Park in Portland is officially recognized as the smallest park in the world. The park is located in the middle of a busy intersection along the Willamette River and only has 0.29 square meters.

But it also has the largest urban forest within city limits

Forest Park is the largest urban forest in a city in the United States. There are over 80 miles of trails and forest roads, all of them in the middle of the city.

Portland is home to the largest independently owned bookstore in the world

The largest independently owned bookstore in the world is called Powell’s City of Books and is located in Portland. The bookstore houses over 4 million new and used books, and it’s one of the best bookstores in the country.

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Portland loves beer, coffee, and donuts

The city has many microbreweries (Beertown is another Portland nickname). But besides beer, Portland is also known for its coffee culture, like the neighboring Seattle, and for donuts.

Nike has its headquarters in Portland

And the famous Nike logo was designed here at Portland State University in 1971. But, unfortunately, the designer only got 35 dollars for it.

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