Feature

Why Does Portland Still Love the Cinnamon Bear?

Who needs Santa when you have a (slightly creepy) 82-year-old bear roaming Portland for the holidays.

11/26/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson

History

Portland's Original Boxer, Jack Dempsey

In the 19th century, Dempsey garnered national renown, retiring with a 50–3 record.

11/26/2019 By Eben Pindyck

Retail

How She Bop Changed the Sex Shop Game

You know we had to call it an “oral history.” Hey, it is one!

10/23/2019 By Kiva Hanson

Sports

Old Portland Had Its Own Super-Cool All-Japanese Baseball Teams

Fuji Athletic Club is now a retro-hipster design find—with eerie historical echoes.

10/23/2019 By Zach Dundas

Feature

Meet the Poets Who Defined a Portland Era—and Are Still at It

“Poets value relationships. They value falling in love. They value things that don’t have money attached.”

10/23/2019 By Leanne Grabel

Old Joy

A Pair of Portlanders Wrote the New Joy of Cooking

Nearly century-old recipes and a fresh global pantry make this classic kitchen tome a holiday go-to for all. Plus: a go-to recipe for fig and brown butter spice cake.

10/23/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson

Books

How Tin House Changed the Game for Portland Writers

20 years in, we take a look at the Portland lit mag-slash-publishing house.

10/23/2019 By Conner Reed

Oregoniana

9 Everyday Things That Were Invented in Oregon

Did you know our state created some of today’s most ubiquitous stuff?

10/16/2019 By Ryan Ashby Photography by Michael Novak

PDX Airport Guide: Carpet

A Brief History of That Whole PDX Airport Carpet Thing

Why were we so crazy about some ancient dirty floor covering?

09/23/2019 By Margaret Seiler

PDX Airport Guide: History

The Life and Death of Swan Island Airport

Portland flights once landed in the middle of the river two miles from downtown.

09/23/2019 By Stephanie Gehring

Sports

The Blazers Turn 50 This Year. They Are Portland’s Common Ground.

Our NBA team transcends class, race, and the urban/rural divide. (Now they just need to win something.)

09/23/2019 By Casey Jarman

Home Décor

Portland's Chown Hardware Celebrates 140 Years

If you've remodeled your bathroom or living room, chances are you've taken a spin through Chown.

09/13/2019 By Kiva Hanson

Wine

This Carlton Winery Is Turning a Century-Old Grain Elevator into a Pinot Noir Palace

Complete with a bar top straight from... Kevin Bacon’s dad?

09/03/2019 By Conner Reed

History

Meet Portland’s Original Anti-Vaxxers

A century ago, the followers of Lora Little fought the law. (The law won.)

07/24/2019 By Ann Leslie Davis

History

The Portland Building Used to Be a Jazz Club That Hosted John Coltrane and Duke Ellington

A new architecture podcast examines Portland's forgotten history, one building at a time.

06/25/2019 By Brendan Nagle

History

125 Years Ago, Hundreds of Climbers Undertook a Mass Ascent of Mount Hood

And on the summit, they founded the Mazamas alpine club.

06/25/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PDX Index

12 Things That Are Banned in the Beaver State

You already know Oregon law frowns on certain fireworks. But sky lanterns and pet leopards?

06/25/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Free Wheeling: History

Think Portland Is Obsessed with Bikes Today? Meet the Wheelpeople of 1890s Stumptown.

The dream of the 1890s is alive in modern bike culture.

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Festivals

5 Events You Can't Miss at This Year's Vanport Mosaic Festival

From a walking tour to watercolors to documentaries about Mulugeta Seraw and the 2017 MAX attack, here's what to catch at the fourth annual fest.

05/22/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

History

Did You Know Portland Invented the Ice Cream Cone Machine?

The city of Salt & Straw has always had the hots for cool confections.

04/23/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson