Portland is Oregon's largest city. It is located in Northwest Oregon. Portland sits on the Columbia and Willamette River in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. The weather in Portland is warmer than it is in Illinois. Portland's weather in the winter doesn't usually go below 35 degrees, and in the summer, it can reach up to 80 or 90 degrees. The city of Portland is located in the PST time zone. PST stands for "Pacific Standard Time". There time is two hours behind CST ( Central Standard Time).
History Of Portland
Portland was founded in 1845 by Amos Lovejoy, from Massachusetts, and Fransis Pettygrove, from Maine. Lovejoy wanted to name the land after his hometown, Boston, and Pettygrove wanted to name it after his hometown, Portland. They flipped a coin and Pettygrove won. That is how Portland got it's name. In the 1850's, Portland, Oregon was a place to get supplies during the California Gold Rush. After the California Gold Rush ended, Portland's population grew. It also grew do to the development of it's salmon, lumber industries, and railroads.
Everyday there is a event going on in Portland. Some of the most traditional and popular events are the Rose Festival and the Christmas Festival of Lights. The Rose Festival is in downtown Portland. In 1905 the mayor of the town, at that time, came up with the idea to have a festival for flowers. He succeeded with making that happen and called it the Rose Festival. Ever since the Festival, Portland was known as the City of Roses. Portland has a huge parade for this event. Citizens will walk down the main roads of Portland and stop at little stores. There is is many interesting things at these stores. They have all different kinds of flowers that are sold and for decoration. The Christmas Festival of Lights is the most popular festival in Portland. It only comes around for a short time around Christmas. It is the largest Christmas choral festival in Oregon. This festival is a walk through event. It is about a quarter of a mile long walk. There are lights hanging from the trees and Christmas music playing. Once you get to the end of the trail, there are many things to do. The Christmas Festival of Lights has nearly 160 indoor holiday concert. They also have a large petting zoo. There is also a huge gift shop full of Christmas related things. Both of these events are colorful and filled with fun.