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Highlights from Collier's World Atlas and Gazetteer, 1947


Portland, Oregon, 1947

Collier's World Atlas and Gazetteer, 1947


    Population 305,394.

    Port of entry, on Willamette River, 12 miles from its union with Columbia River, and on the Great Northern; Northern Pacific; Portland Electric; Southern Pacific; Spokane, Portland & Seattle and Union Pacific railroads.

    The city of Portland has direct steamship connection not only with San Francisco and other points on the coast, Puget Sound and Columbia River, but more than 60 lines connect it with ports throughout the world. There is a fine municipal airport. Modern docks along its 30-mile waterfront on the Willamette accommodate the largest sea-going vessels.

    Lumber is the chief industry. The City also does an immense trade as a meat packing and fish center, and is the second largest wheat shipping port, with great flour mills, as well as one of the largest wool centers of the country.

    The manufactures of lumber, furniture, paper, ready-cut houses, machinery, auto bodies, woolen goods, and ships and boats are prominent among the large industries. The inhabitants cultivate rose gardens and hedges and a rose festival is held annually.

    It is the seat of Reed College, Northwestern College of Law, and Portland University.

    Portland was settled in 1845. and received its city charter in 1851.


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Map of Portland, Oregon, 1947