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Phone: 503-823-7740

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Welcome Home to Vanport


aerial view of 1948 Vanport Flood Every year in May, we remember the catastrophic flood of 1948 that destroyed the community of Vanport in North Portland.  Vanport housed 100,000 people, but disappeared when the Columbia River and Columbia Slough flooded.  It’s a reminder of how nature shapes our communities and history. 

This weekend, check out the Vanport Mosaic Festival for film screenings, theater, tours and more. 

On Monday, May 30, join the Welcome Home to Vanport activities and tour.

The day includes a self-guided walk or bike tour, speakers and exhibits at Portland International Raceway, part of historic Vanport city. You can hear from historians, a Kaiser family member and former Vanport residents.

May 30, Memorial Day, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd


Bring folding chair if possible

Find out more on the Facebook Event 

MAX: Yellow Line to Delta Park/Vanport Station, walk to PIR grandstand area

Driving: North on I-5, use Exit 306B.  South on I-5, use Exit 306. Follow signs to PIR. Drive to parking inside PIR’s gates.

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