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The City of Portland, Oregon

Archives & Records Management

Office of the City Auditor

phone: 503-865-4100


1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550, Portland, OR 97201

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Portland Historical Timeline

1843 to 1901 Part One of the history timeline covers 1843 through 1901

1902 to 1951 Part Two of the history timeline covers 1902 through 1951

1952 to 2001 Part Three of the Portland Timeline covers 1952 through 2001

The City of Portland, Oregon celebrated its 150th anniversary of incorporation in 2001. This chronological timeline presents dates in the development of the City--highlighting the services, responsibilities, and citizen needs that city government serves.
The Timeline is a chronicle of events and actions in the history of city government and the Portland community. It includes milestones of City programs; events that affected the growth and development of the City; people and organizations which have served citizens; and events such as wars, fires, and floods that have affected life in Portland.
The timeline includes links to history pages on the web sites of individual bureaus and programs where more detailed information can be found concerning specific functions.
Many of the milestone events in the Timeline were identified by consulting the records and sources available at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC), under the responsibility of the Auditor's Office. Written materials and on-line resources on City history have also been provided by staff of City bureaus and commissioners' offices. The right-hand column of the Timeline identifies the bureau which provided the information.
We will continue to add items in the coming weeks and months. We welcome information concerning any omissions and the inevitable errors which may have found their way into the Timeline. Suggestions for changes to the Timeline may be addressed to