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

Music

Legendary Portland Singer Shirley Nanette Brings Sequins and Soul to Holocene

At 71, the dynamo entertainer returns to the stage to perform her 1973 album, Never Coming Back, in its entirety.

04/09/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Cycling Stories

How Women on Bikes Have Raised Hell Throughout History

Tessa Hulls travels back to the early days of cycling to tell stories of pioneering women, trans, and femme riders.

03/21/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

History

Where Are Portland’s Vanished Immigrant Neighborhoods?

The city may not have a Germantown or a Little Palermo, but immigrants still left their mark.

02/26/2019 By Carl Abbott

Spirited Away

A Century Ago, Portland's Elite Were Obsessed with the Occult

From a Mallory Hotel matron to Fred Meyer himself, this city was home to Ouija-crazed weirdos.

12/21/2018 By Heather Arndt Anderson

Hidden Portland: Reel Estate

Portland's Forgotten Movie Houses

From downtown's gutted Guild Theatre to NE MLK's Egyptian, what's become of the city's early cinemas?

12/21/2018 By Margaret Seiler

Out Back

How Lesbians Saved Portland’s Favorite Car

Subarus weren't always so popular. But two decades ago, the company hit upon a key demographic.

12/21/2018 By James Stevens

Coooooooch

Why Is Couch Street Couch Street?

A product of the Great Renaming of Portland streets, Couch has an unexpected vowel sound. There’s a reason, and it’s not just to play spot-the-tourist.

12/21/2018 By Daniel Couch