We invite you to discover the local culture of Portland, famous for the large number of independent microbreweries, microdistilleries and food carts that contribute to the unofficial slogan "Keep Portland Weird". Explore Waterfront Park, Powells “City of Books” the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world, the artisan handicrafts, or one of the 279 parks scattered throughout the city. Portland is a city of beauty, interesting people and fascinating history, known for its abundant outdoor activities, liberal political values, and beer and coffee enthusiasm.
Located in the Marine west coast climate region, Portland has a climate marked by both warm, dry summers and wet, cool-to-chilly winter days. This climate is ideal for growing roses. For more than a century, Portland has been known as the "City of Roses", with many rose gardens – most prominently the International Rose Test Garden.
The land that is occupied today was inhabited for centuries by two bands of Upper Chinook Indians. The Multnomah people settled on and around Sauvie Island, and the Cascades Indians settled along the Columbia Gorge. These groups fished and traded along the river and gathered berries, wapato, and other root vegetables. The nearby Tualatin Plains provided prime hunting grounds. The later settlement of Portland started as a spot known as either "Stumptown" or "the clearing", which was on the banks of the Willamette, located about halfway between Oregon City and Fort Vancouver. In 1843, William Overton saw great commercial potential for this land but lacked the funds required to file a land claim. He struck a bargain with his partner, Asa Lovejoy of Boston, Massachusetts: for 25¢, Overton would share his claim to the 640-acre (2.6 km2) site. Overton later sold his half of the claim to Francis W. Pettygrove of Portland, Maine. Pettygrove and Lovejoy each wished to name the new city after his respective home-town. In 1845, this controversy was settled with a coin toss, which Pettygrove won in a series of two out of three tosses.
While only an hour drive from the Pacific Ocean, Portland lies on top of an extinct Plio-Pleistocene volcanic field known as the Boring Lava Field. The Boring Lava Field includes at least 32 cinder cones such as Mount Tabor, and its center lies in Southeast Portland. The dormant but potentially active volcano Mount Hood to the east of Portland is easily visible from much of the city during clear weather. The active volcano Mount Saint Helens to the north in Washington is visible in the distance from high-elevation locations in the city and is close enough to have dusted the city with volcanic ash after an eruption on May 18, 1980.
Set within the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Portland, Oregon provides an engaging, stimulating location for the upcoming 2016 SCCR conference.