38. Rose city

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Today while walking downtown, I noticed a rose on top of a building. 

I know Portland is known as “Rose City” but never knew why. So after a little research this is what I have found out from Wikipedia:

 

The most common, nickname for Portland is The City of Roses or Rose City The first known reference to Portland as “The City of Roses” was made by visitors to an 1888 Episcopal Church convention. The nickname grew in popularity after the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition where Mayor Harry Lane suggested that the city needed a “festival of roses.” The first Portland Rose Festival was held two years later and remains the city’s major annual festival a century later. 

The nickname is often attributed to Leo Samuel, who founded the Oregon Life Insurance Company in 1906 (known today as Standard Insurance Company). Samuel, who moved to Portland in 1871, grew roses outside his home. He placed a pair of shears outside his garden so people could snip a rose from his garden to take for themselves. This encouraged other people and businesses to plant their own roses outside their homes and business. Today, roses are still planted outside the Standard Insurance Company’s home office building in downtown Portland.

Also another reason for the nickname might be that roses grow like crazy in Portland. They grow so well here that Portland has an International Rose Test Garden which is free to visitors ( I have been and it is AMAZING). The garden does exactly what its name implies: they experiment and grow different varieties of roses every year. 

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