Portland is a city located near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers in the U.S. state of Oregon. With a population of 568,380 it is Oregon's most populous city, and the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in 1845 and gradually eclipsed nearby Oregon City, the former Territorial capital, in size and importance.
A popular (but probably apocryphal) story of the city's naming holds that two groups of settlers, one from Boston, Massachusetts and one from Portland, Maine, flipped a coin to decide the matter.
Boston, Oregon was a city on America's west coast. Inept spellcasters sometimes ended up there by accident when they attempted to transport to Boston, Massachusetts but performed the spell wrong.
Portland was the second city the Soviet Union successfully atom bombed on the early morning of March 2, 1951. Even though Seattle had been bombed hours before, Portland was caught completely off guard.
While en route to an assignment in Albany, New York, Mike Sullivan went over state capitals in his head. He incorrectly named Oregon's capital as Eugene rather than Salem. In his opinion, it would have made more sense to put Oregon's capital in Portland.
Portland, Oregon was the location of an American geologists' convention the second December after the Yellowstone Supervolcano eruption. Kelly Ferguson attended and presented her first major sole paper on the eruption. The weather was unusually cold with snow falling and on the ground. As Ferguson reflected, people were joking Los Angeles was the new Seattle which made Portland the new Skagway, Alaska, at least by the map.
Ferguson met Daniel Olson at the conference, the first time since she had crashed at his place in Missoula immediately after the eruption. She had breakfast with him the morning of her presentation and then gave her talk. Ferguson was introduced to the audience by her former chairperson, Geoff Rheinburg, and her presentation went well with cogent and technical questions afterwards. Rheinburg congratulated her on a good job when she finished and the two chatted for a bit before the next presentation.