HISTORY

Portland's Original Sin

Erickson’s Café, “the temple of 10,000 delights,” slaked pioneer Portland’s many mighty thirsts.

06/02/2014 By Doug Kenck-Crispin

HISTORY

The Lost Album of Okinawa

In 1945, a Portland navy officer salvaged a book of photos from the Okinawa battlefield. Seven decades later, his widow began a journey to find its owners.

06/02/2014 By Aaron Scott

HISTORY

The Birth of Crater Lake

As Crater Lake National Park turns 112, we explore the devastating volcanic eruption that formed it 7,700 years ago.

05/30/2014 By Caleb Diehl

HISTORY

The Flight of the World's Last Mini Guppy

Can the flight aficionados at the Tillamook Air Museum save this giant cargo plane built to transport rockets, school buses, and giraffes from Africa?

05/01/2014 By Marty Patail

POETRY

Portland's Latest Prize-Winning Poet Remembers William Stafford

National Book Award winner Mary Szybist reflects on Oregon's verse icon.

02/03/2014 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

History

50 Moments That Shaped Portland

Our spin through Portland’s raucous 170 years reveals a city molded by punks and power brokers, by brilliant breakthroughs and a few heinous mistakes.

12/02/2013 By Randy Gragg With Zach Dundas, Marty Patail, Marco España, Caitlin Feldman, Cari Johnson, Alexandria Bordas, and Doug Kenck-Crispin

HISTORY

The 1978 Burnside Airplane Crash

When a jetliner plummeted into East Portland, an industry changed.

12/01/2013 By Julie Whipple

HISTORY

A Color-Coded Look at Portland's Urban Growth

A local data tinkerer tracks PDX's progress with interactive map dubbed Portland, Oregon: The Age of a City

11/01/2013 By Zach Dundas

HISTORY

The Last (Dirty) Picture Show

Amid buzzy restaurants and rising condos, the Oregon Theater stands as a fading reminder of the seamy '70s.

11/01/2013 By Marty Patail

HISTORY

Looking Back on the 1973 Oil Crisis

Forty years ago, Oregon got a peak-oil preview.

10/01/2013 By Katie Gourley

SPOTLIGHT

Mapping Elliott Smith's Portland

With sweetly melancholic songs about everything from the Rose Parade to the sidewalks of Alameda, Elliott Smith remains perhaps the closest thing Portland has to a bard.

10/01/2013 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

Slideshow

Slide Show: Vintage 1973 Oil Crisis Photos

In the early 1970s, the brand-new EPA commissioned documentary photos to build support for its environmental mission. We share Oregon's place in the pictures.

09/12/2013

CULTURE

Newberg's Drive-In Keeps Americana Alive

How the historic 99W Drive-In keeps an all-American dream flickering for the next generation of movie lovers.

09/03/2013 By Katie Gourley

NEWS

Why Portland's Central Library Matters More than Ever

Multnomah County's downtown landmark celebrates its centennial this month—and sets course for the future.

09/03/2013 By Zach Dundas

HISTORY

The Willamette River's History

A Portland cartographer reveals our favorite river's unseen movements.

07/01/2013 By Gino Cerruti

SCENE & HEARD

Veteran Pan Am Stewardesses Look Back

What was the golden age of jet travel really like?

07/01/2013 By Angela Sanders

OREGON BEER GUIDE

Mapping Beervana’s History [Infographic]

Like any civilization, our city of beer can get complicated. Here’s a guide to its founders and the paths they paved.

07/01/2013 By Lucy Burningham

Slideshow

Slide Show: Portland's Pan Am Stewardesses

Fly back in time (first class, of course) to the golden age of air travel

06/14/2013

NEWS

How to Make a Mummy

And why that mummy might explode

06/03/2013 By Zach Dundas

SPORTS HISTORY

The 1946 Portland Rosebuds

A short history of Portland's last Negro league baseball team

06/03/2013 By Ryan Whirty