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The city was founded in 1845 by Francis Pettygrove and Asa Lovejoy, each of whom wanted to name their new settlement after both of their own hometowns. Famously, they flipped a coin for the name, and Pettygrove won, naming the new city after his native Portland, Maine.
Today, Portland is known for its indie scene, cuisine and food trucks, nearby mountains and forests, waterfront views, and for its unofficial yet telling slogan "Keep Portland weird."
People Born in Portland
Portland in People's Lives
Jack London: I visited here around 1912, making the journey in a covered wagon with my wife, Charmian Kittredge.
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 1990 to film scenes of the movie Under Suspicion.
Orlando Bloom: I traveled here in 2004 to film scenes of the movie Elizabethtown.
Rudyard Kipling: I visited this city in 1889, during a world tour of sorts through Asia and the United States. I caught a 12 pound salmon here.