How the Father of Oregon Agriculture Launched a Doomed Quaker Sex Cult

He came west with 700 saplings and founded our state's mighty fruit industry. But Henderson Luelling—idealist, farmer, visionary, swinger—dreamed of planting stranger seeds.

02/27/2018 By Heather Arndt Anderson

Trash Talk

When Zombie News Goes Viral

For one old Willamette Week story, the internet was ready to party like it's 2002.

02/27/2018 By Chris Lydgate

Cannabis: West Is Best

How the American West Became the Wild Cannabis Frontier

The story of modern marijuana isn't just how it’s been smoked, but who smokes it.

01/30/2018 By Marty Patail

In Memoriam

How Portland Mayor Vera Katz Took on the Epic Flood of '96

The late politician was mighty in many ways.

01/30/2018 By Carl Abbott

Gridiron Glory

Meet Mel Renfro, Portland's Vintage Super Bowl Champion

Hey now, you're an all-star.

01/30/2018 By Christopher Warner


Can a New Portland Museum Save Chinatown’s History?

Before it's too late.

11/20/2017 By Emma Mannheimer

Video Games

Polybius: The Most Dangerous Arcade Game in the World

A new podcast takes a deep dive into one of Portland’s craziest urban legends.

11/08/2017 By Eleanor Van Buren


How to Move a 137-Year-Old House across Town

The historic Morris Marks House has a new location just south of downtown Portland.

10/24/2017 By Kayla Brock


100 Years Ago, the Bolsheviks Seized Russia. Portland’s Most Notorious Journalist Was There.

"Awful beyond words," John Reed once wrote of Portland.

10/16/2017 By Zach Dundas

The Lost World

How a Legendary Photographer Captured (Really, Really) Old Portland

Imagine a time before parking lots.

09/21/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Northwest Lore

50 Years Ago, One Scratchy Home Movie Made Bigfoot a Northwest Icon

Nobody has definitively proven that the creature on the film is fake. And, really, does it matter?

09/13/2017 By Leah Sottile


Happy 80th Birthday, Timberline Lodge

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Mount Hood to dedicate the ski resort.

08/14/2017 By Emma Mannheimer


The Schnitz Gets a Better, Brighter 'Portland' Sign

A Southwest Broadway icon gets the makeover it deserves.

08/08/2017 By Rachel Wilson


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


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


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


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