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How did Portland, Oregon get its name?

2 people came to settle in and develop the area, one from Portland, ME, and one from Boston, MA. They did a coin flip and the winner got to name the city. So the guy from Portland won and he named it after his hometown! - Katie M

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In addition to the information regarding that coin toss Portland got its name when Asa Lawrence Lovejoy and Francis William Pettygrove flipped a coin in 1845. Lovejoy was a pioneer and politician from Massachusetts and wanted to name the new settlement Boston. Pettygrove was a pioneer and subsequent land owner of what is now Oregon City, and was from Maine and wanted to name it Portland. Pettygrove won the coin toss two out of three times and the rest, as they say, is history! Portland's first post office opened four years later in 1849. - Jim K

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Boudoir Photographer Breaks Mainstream Barrier in National Advertising Campaign

PORTLAND, Ore., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boudoir Photographer Rachel Stephens of Rachel Stephens Photography for Women ( is featured by Miller's Professional Imaging of Pittsburg, Kansas in a national ad campaign to promote Miller's new 'Signature Album' product. The ads appear in two popular media outlets, Professional Photographer Magazine and Rangefinder. Read more about this Portland, Oregon press release.

Beware the Wall Street Marketing Machine

he Truth Project Book Offers Prescriptive Advice on Shutting Out Financial Noise, Investing Wisely for the Future PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Investors are constantly inundated with information about what stocks and investments to buy, which ones to hold and what they should be doing with their money now. But according to Wayne von Borstel, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERô professional and president of von Borstel & Associates, Inc., investors should be aware that only some of the information is to be believed. The rest, according to von Borstel, is just noise. In his forthcoming book, The Truth Project: Finding the Courage to Ignore Wall Street (December 2012, High 5 Communications, ISBN 978-0-9823350-7-9), von Borstel details how investors can shut out the noise and determine to what they should (and should not) be listening. Read more about this Portland, Oregon press release.

Don't Bring Cybercrime Home for the Holidays

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cybercrime is on the rise, the holidays being no exception. In fact, this holiday season may prove to be the biggest ever for cybertheft. Hackers observe no holidays, instead using them as yet another theme to entice and trick computer users into letting them into their networks. Compounding this, many retailers and other businesses conduct more transactions and process more credit cards during the holidays than at any other time of the year, which makes breaking into any company's networks all that more lucrative and enticing, regardless of size. Read more about this Portland, Oregon press release.

'You Are the Light' Makes Early Debut on iTunes

PORTLAND, Ore., March 21, 2012 -- This week, Catholic recording artist Josh Blakesley ( released his newest album, You Are the Light (, on iTunes to the delight of an ever-growing fan base -- a full two months before the CD is available. Read more about this Portland, Oregon press release.

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