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Old 08-25-2013, 11:51 PM
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Finally getting a chance to post some of my photos.

Here's a pano shot from our room at the Paramount Hotel when we got there on Wednesday:




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My wife and I took a lunch cruise on the Willamette River on Thursday.

No wonder Portland is often called "The City of Bridges":



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Thursday evening at the museum:




















































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We were told that the museum building was over 100 years old.

I spotted this sign still on the side of the building while up on the rooftop patio.

Overland Motors became Willys-Overland in 1908, so I guess that proves it:





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Great pictures, John! I didn't take any at the museum event - I'm so glad you got the display cases.

Looks like a wonderful river trip, too. I've never done that. Did you also figure out why Portland's called the "City of Roses"?
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Great pictures, John! I didn't take any at the museum event - I'm so glad you got the display cases.

Looks like a wonderful river trip, too. I've never done that. Did you also figure out why Portland's called the "City of Roses"?
Because they had a hockey team called the Rosebuds?

I wish I took a photo of Consuelo at her desk with a big wine glass and near empty bottle of Jack. When the door opens she peeks out from behind the monitor; would have been easy to set that one up.

All the wines were appreciated and enjoyed, John! Actually, we picked up more
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Because they had a hockey team called the Rosebuds?
I think it was the other way around, Paul-Marcel, the team must have gotten its name from the city.

I don't think anyone knows for sure. There are said to be a few different possible reasons for the name.

In 1888, the Episcopal Church held a convention where attendees referred to Portland as “the City of Roses.” This caught on when, in 1905, the mayor (Harry Lane) came up with the idea of an ongoing festival dedicated to roses while attending the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. Two years later, in 1907, Portland held its first Portland Rose Festival.

Another possible reason for the nickname is Leo Samuel. He founded the Oregon Life Insurance Company in 1906 (now Standard Insurance), and enjoyed growing roses outside his home. He even placed a pair of cutting shears so people could take a rose with them. This inspired other individuals and businesses to grow roses, too.

A third possible reason is that roses grow like crazy in Portland. They grow so well there that Portland has an International Rose Test Garden. The garden does exactly what its name implies, they experiment and grow different varieties of roses every year.

In any case, the nickname "City of Roses" was not made official until 2003.


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That's interesting, John - far more complex than I'd imagined. Portland was certainly known as the "City of Roses" when I lived in Oregon in the early 1990's. But I guess not officially. I always assumed it was because roses grew so well there, and because of the huge rose garden up the hill. Sharon, Gillian and I spent some (very fragrant) time up there in the Japanese Garden and Rose Test garden.

Sharon gave a rose a test - something to do with arithmetic, as I recall. It didn't pass.

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Nice photos John. Those photos of the bridge under construction are the same bridge that Roger, Masood and I caught at dawn from the construction site and in my post on Flickr.

I missed getting the quotes on the walls in the exhibit, but I think they are all captured in the book.

Great time!

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