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Nicknames for Portland
Portland, Oregon has quite a few nicknames . . . Potland being one of the more cheesier of them.
But of the nicer ones, here's a little excerpt of their humble beginnings:
The City of Roses - Way back in 1888, a group of visitors met at the Episcopalian Church for a convention.  They couldn't help take notice of the lovely rose garden, and the roses around the city.  Their remarks were about the City being full of Roses. 
The moniker City of Roses was starting to take root, and in 1905 the Mayor decided to have a festival of roses, and out of that "rose" the Portland Rose Festival.
Then in 1908, a wealthy man, Leo Samuel, is said to have had a vibrant rose garden in the front of his house, located centrally in town.  He left a pair of pruning shears near a note that read anyone who wanted to, could snip as many roses as they wanted. 
This simple act was mimicked all over Portland.  And soon, businesses and homes were growing roses for everyone to enjoy.  The City of Roses was not just a cutesy name . . . it truly was . . . and is!
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