A Brief Catalogue of the origins Portland’s street names


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PART 1:

STREET NAMES AS A PNEUMONIC DEVICE OF THEIR CITY’S HISTORY

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THE COUNTIES OF (AND AROUND) OREGON

A co-worker of mine was surprised when I remembered where he was from—Wasco, Oregon—because it is a town of 410 people well on the way to Idaho. It was simple that I remembered it because when he first mentioned it months before I immediately thought of NE Wasco St. between Clackamas and Multnomah a dozen blocks north of Burnside East of the river. Such is the benefit associating a newly learned piece of information with a physical place. This happens to be a coincidence—these streets are named for counties in Oregon—and Wasco is actually in Sherman County, not adjacent Wasco County whose seat is the Dalles. All the same this seems as a good place to start in identifying the logic behind the street names of Portland and establishing this premise:…

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