Our Sporting Past

Portland Sports Teams: An Incomplete History

Who remembers the Buckaroos, the Rosebuds, and the Forest Dragons? Here's how Portland eventually got its current pro teams: the Blazers, Timbers, and Thorns.

12/02/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Eat

These Portland Classics Gave Many Locals Their First Taste of Korean Cuisine

Long-standing Cameo Café, Du’s Grill & Taste Tickler aren’t strictly Korean restaurants, but they’ve been bringing the bulgogi for years.

11/29/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton Photography by Thomas Teal

Film History

Remembering Stand by Me, 35 Years Later

Fans, cast, and crew recall the enduring Oregon-shot classic three and a half decades after its release.

11/23/2021 By Conner Reed

Outdoors

Where to Find Veterans Memorial Sites in Oregon

For Veterans Day visit the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Portland, Veterans Park in Medford, and other sites to honor the casualties of war.

11/10/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

True Crime

D. B. Cooper: The One that Got Away

What we know: on November 24, 1971, a man jumped from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000. What we don’t know: what the hell happened after.

11/05/2021 By Doug Kenck-Crispin Illustrations by Max-o-Matic

Unsolved Mystery

The Best Books, Films, and Podcasts about D.B. Cooper

Here are some easy reads and listens to dig deeper into the mystery of the Northwest Orient Flight 305 hijacker. 

11/05/2021 By Cami Hughes

Old Portland

That One Time Portland Was in ‘Sassy’ in 1991

30 years ago, teenage girls around the world learned about the Church of Elvis, the Bagdad, and the X-Ray Café.

09/29/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Pride

The Six Weeks that Changed the Trajectory of Oregon’s Gay Rights Movement

For a brief moment in 2004, Multnomah County issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples. We caught up with a few of them.

06/22/2021 By Julia Silverman

Real Estate

How the "Great Renumbering" Tamed the Chaos of Portland Streets

In the 1930s, the city's new address stem brought sense, order, and jobs.

03/31/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Fashion History

A Stitch in Time

A look at three centuries of Portland's fashion scene and its impact on the world.

03/22/2021 By Eden Dawn Illustrations by Sarah Donofrio

Footnotes

LISTEN: Police Violence, Civil Rights, and Black and Latinx Movements

In this interview from July 2020, Oregon State professor Joseph Orosco talks about how Black and Latinx/Chicanx movements of the past intersect in the wake o...

01/29/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Extremism

A Sociologist’s Take on the Capitol Siege

“They had pipe bombs, they had zip ties, they brought guns with them. It wasn’t just people caught up in the moment.”

01/17/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Feature

What If You Solved the Zodiac Killer Mystery and No One Believed You?

Tom Voigt thinks he knows who was behind the crime of the century.

12/16/2020 By Jordan Michelman

True Crime

The Zodiac Crimes and ‘Zynchronicity’

In the codes and on the calendar, here is just some of the Zynchronicity around Richard Gaikowski, a suspect in the Zodiac killings.

12/16/2020 By Jordan Michelman

Feature

The Rise and Fall of Kah-Nee-Ta

The once-darling vacation spot is practically a ghost town. What happened?

10/10/2020 By Juhea Kim

Podcasts

New History Podcast Investigates a Famous Murder in Montana

Portland writer Zach Dundas helped produce Death in the West.

10/06/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Basketball

When Portland's WNBA Team Lit Up the Rose Garden

Kansas connections (and fast food) fueled the short-lived Portland Fire.

10/06/2020 By Jarrett Van Meter

Oregon, Whose Oregon?

Oregon’s 1920s-Era State Song Is Nakedly Racist

After nearly a century, is this the year “Oregon, My Oregon” will finally get a rewrite?

10/05/2020 By Gabriel Granillo and Julia Silverman

History

The Possums, the Police, and the Burger Barn

Looking back at the infamous 1981 incident.

09/26/2020 By Marty Patail

History

Sad, Bad Times: A Look at the Darker Side of Portland’s Past

Not everything in the Rose City has been rosy.

09/06/2020 By Sam Pape