HISTORY

The Visionary Parks Designer Who Transformed Portland

The unlikely tale of the power brokers, rebellious hippies, and genius architect behind Portland’s first modern neighborhood

11/23/2015 By Randy Gragg

BLOOD & INK

The Portland Newspaper Wars of the 1960s

At the dawn of modern media, a ruthless tycoon and a ragtag band of reporters waged a desperate battle for control of Portland’s news.

11/23/2015 By Caleb Diehl

DIE, VERMIN!

This is the Woman Who Saved Portland from the Black Death

Dr Esther Pohl endeavored to kill all of Portland's rats to save the city—and succeeded.

11/23/2015 By Merilee Karr

HIGH ALTITUDE HATERS

Which Portland Newspaper Magnate Climbed Mt Hood First?

Portland’s most awkward collegial dispute ever rages on, more than 150 years later: who conquered the mountain?

11/23/2015 By Rick Conrad

AXIS & ALLIES

The American Pilot

The story of Hazel Ying Lee, first Chinese American woman to fly for the US military.

11/23/2015 By Bill Lascher

AXIS & ALLIES

The Imperial Minister

As combat raged around the world, one Oregonian became a war criminal.

11/23/2015 By Bill Lascher

OUR PATRON SAINT

The Scandalous History of Booze in Portland

From the whiskey-swilling frontier days to Prohibition’s battling “dries” and rumrunners, booze formed Portland’s civic soul.

11/23/2015 By Zach Dundas

PHOTOGRAPHY

Intimate Photos of Warhol and Basquiat Reveal the Artsy Grit of ‘80s NYC

From Warhol to Basquiat to Miles Davis, see some of Paige Powell's 10,000 photographs of the NYC art scene in a new Portland Art Museum exhibition.

10/19/2015 By Fiona McCann

PORTLAND FOOD

5 Things About James Beard, Portland's Original Foodie

The first chef on television still captures our hearts and culinary imagination

08/24/2015 By Zach Dundas and Marty Patail

STYLE HISTORY

Century-Old Underwear (And Other Victorian-Era Fashion) Graces the Pittock Mansion

The renowned local mansion/museum lays out some antique finery.

08/03/2015 By Rachel Sandstrom

5 Things About

How McMenamins Pioneered Beervana

Some tasty tidbits from the ubiquitous pub on every corner

05/26/2015 By Brian Yaeger and Rachel Davidson

Style

Dive Into Portland's Swimsuit History

Portland's Jantzen pioneered the swimsuit. A century later, we're still making a splash.

05/26/2015 By Eden Dawn

INTERVIEW

Goonies Never Say Die! Sean Astin Looks Back on 30 Years of the Truffle Shuffle

Newsflash: 1985 was THREE DECADES AGO. Take in this shocking fact during a trip down memory lane.

05/26/2015 By Peter Holmstrom

SUMMER GUIDE 2015

Looking Back on 40 Years of Portland Pride

As the Portland Pride Festival turns 40, we look back on four decades of courage, progress, and raucous good times.

05/26/2015 By Rachel Ritchie

1845-2013

50 Moments That Shaped Portland's History

How many flips of an 1835 copper penny did it take for Asa Lovejoy and Frances Pettygrove to name our city?

05/05/2015

REAL ESTATE 2015

Will Portland’s Historic Houses Survive the Wrecking Ball?

When one venerable house faced demolition, neighbors banded together to save it. But in a booming city, no one can save them all.

04/07/2015 By Winston Ross

CULTUREPHILE

The Story of Washington High School's Boom, Bust, and Rebirth as Revolution Hall

How the long-closed Southeast Portland high school became an ambitious new concert venue.

04/02/2015 By Larisa Owechko

THE TIMELINE

Death & Taxis: A Look Back At Portland's Storied Cab History

It's inescapable—Uber is coming to Portland. We explore the backstory of the city's relationship with paid drivers across the decades.

04/02/2015 By Marty Patail

INTERVIEW

Local Journalist Reveals the Scandalous History Behind a Major Board Game

Mary Pilon on her new book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game

04/02/2015 By Marty Patail

#OREGONWOMAN

How Women Came to Run this State

A brief history of feminism and political power in Oregon

03/26/2015 By Rene Bermudez