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Portland | City on the Edge
Portland was used by trappers and settlers in the early 19th century, but didn’t become a city until 1843, when William Overton and Asa Lovejoy filed a claim to make it a municipality. It gained its name from a bet with a developer who wanted to name the Oregon village after his hometown in Maine. Now considered one of greenest––both in terms of vegetation and environmental awareness––cities in the world, Portland was originally a rough and tumble frontier town that The Oregonian called in 1889 “the most filthy city in the Northern States."