History

This Sand Is Our Sand: Why Oregon's Beaches Belong to Everyone

Oregonians believe our 300 miles of coastline are free and open to everyone. Only hardball politics made that true.

07/10/2017 By Brent Walth

History

40 Years Ago, Pelé Played His Last Game—Ever—in Portland

In 1977, the Brazilian soccer star bowed out in the Rose City.

07/10/2017 By Marty Patail

PDX Index

A Brief History of Bizarro Phenomena in Oregon's Skies

Sure, the Great American Eclipse is coming. But that's not all our state has seen.

07/10/2017 By Bryanna Briley

Beer Guide 2017: History

These Beers Have Defined Oregon through the Eras

From Widmer's Hefeweizen to CDAs and sour ales, here's a brief history of our state's evolving tastes.

06/12/2017 By Brian Yaeger

History

Remembering Portland's Japanese Internment

Seventy-five years later, looking back on one of the city's darkest chapters

06/12/2017 By Regan Breeden

Urban Design

Behold the New Plan for Oregon City's Riverwalk

Just one minor detail: is there enough money to build it?

06/08/2017 By Rachel Wilson

Earthshakers

Two Types of Quakes Bigger Than the Big One

In the Pacific Northwest, your world is far more likely to be rocked by these bad boys.

05/15/2017 By Meagan Nolan

History

The Spirit of '77: How the Blazers Won Portland

Forty years ago, a basketball team and a city became one.

05/15/2017 By Casey Jarman Illustrations by Michael Byers

History

Meet Mayor Harry Lane, Portland's Funmaker (and Organizer of the First Rose Festival)

A proto-Obama? On the centennial of his death, we hit some of Lane's high points.

05/15/2017 By Elise Herron

History

Is There Buried Treasure on the Oregon Coast?

There could be gold in them thar rocks.

05/15/2017 By Regan Breeden

West End: Oddities

Five Things You'll Find Only in Portland's West End

From strip institutions to periodical paradises, Old Portland is alive and well around here.

05/15/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

History

A Century Ago, Portland Entered World War I. How Did It Change the City?

Despite some dissent, the mushrooming city was primed for battle.

04/17/2017 By Marty Patail

The Oregon Woman: History

Meet 6 Badass Dames of Portland Yore

From abortion doctors to black lawyers to vegetarian spiritualists, these women were kicking ass and taking names during our city's formative years.

03/20/2017 By Heather Arndt Anderson

History

This Photographer Captured Prewar Portland’s Lost Grandeur

A new exhibit showcases a time before parking lots.

02/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

History

White Stag Made Portland into a Sports Gear Mecca

It’s more than an iconic Old Town sign.

01/23/2017 By Zeb Larson

True Crime

Sandy. Burnside. Two Streets at the Heart of Portland’s East Side—and Three Grisly Murders That Reveal Their History

From Native American trail to car mall, the Burnside-Sandy axis has seen a crime-stained past.

12/20/2016 By Marty Patail

Culture Cheat Sheet: TV

Remembering Ramblin' Rod

With his hundreds of buttons, fake tugboat, and all-important Smile Contest, this local entertainer lives on in the fond memories of many, many Portlanders.

11/15/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Politics

Why Did Oregon Ban Rent Control?

Rent control is a hot-button topic today, but the story goes back to 1985.

11/14/2016 By Arlo Voorhees

Oregoniana

Travel Back to 1846, the Year Oregon Became American

In other words, that time we were dumped by the Queen of England.

11/14/2016 By Zach Dundas

Pacific Mysteries

This Oregon Nonprofit Says It Can Find Amelia Earhart

A Eugene-based archeological nonprofit wants you to fund its 2017 expedition to the middle of the ocean.

10/10/2016 By Arlo Voorhees