PORTLAND ARIEL VIEW
"Facts About Portland", from a 1927 publication
"Tourist and Shopping Guide of Portland,"
by the Greeters of Oregon.
Population - 350,000
Location - 771 miles north of San Francisco [30 hours]; 183 miles
south of Seattle [6 1/4]; 110 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Climate - Equable climate, no extremes of temperature. Average annual
rainfall, 45 inches - same as New York City. No tornadoes, electric
storms and scarcely any snow.
Size - Covers an area of 70 square miles.
Commerce - Greatest lumber manufacturing city in the world. Oregon has
395,000,000,000 feet of big timber - one-fifth of the timber in the
United States. Ships more hops than any city in the world. Portland is
rated first in exportation of United States grown wheat.
Local Facilities - 216 miles of electric street railways; 660 miles of
paved streets within city limits.
Shipping - Three thousand two hundred and twenty-five  vessels
entered and cleared this port during the calendar year 1926 with an
aggregate tonnage of 8,990,354 short tons. Conservative estimates show
these vessels paid out for handling, approximately $15,000,000 during
1926 at Portland alone. In the case of steamships on regular trans-
Pacific lines of which Portland is the home port, payments on each visit
exceeded fifty thousand dollars. Portland is the first apple shipping port
on the Pacific Coast and second in the United States, being exceeded only
by New York.
Special Advantages - No better drinking water in the world - absolutely pure
mountain water, 52 degrees cold in warmest weather; 74 grade schools, 7
high schools, 1 high school of commerce, 1 boys' and girls' polytechnic school,
5 special schools, 86 private schools, academies and colleges, and the
$3,000,000 endowed Reed College; 288 churches of all denominations; largest
Y.M.C.A. west of New York.
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