why is portland called rip city?

Portland, Oregon got its nickname Rip City from Bill Schonely, the first play-by-play announcer for the Portland Trailblazers. It was a game against the Lakers on February 18, 1971, and the Trailblazers were coming from behind. Jim Barnett threw up a shot from just beyond mid-court that tied the game. After the basket, Schonely said, "Rip City. All right." The term stuck.

Portland's most common nickname is Rose City or The City of Roses. Visitors to an 1888 Episcopal Church convention are said to be responsible for coining it. The nickname caught on when Mayor Harry Lane suggested that Portland needed a "festival of roses" after the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition.

Portland also goes by Bridge City or Bridgetown because of its many bridges that cross the Willamette and Columbia rivers.

• St. Johns Bridge (1931) - U.S. Route 30/N Philadelphia Avenue
• Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge 5.1 (1908)
• Fremont Bridge (1973) - Interstate 405
• Broadway Bridge (1913) - Broadway
• Steel Bridge (1912) - Pacific Highway West/former Oregon Route 99W
• Burnside Bridge (1926) - Burnside Street
• Morrison Bridge (1958) - Morrison Street
• Hawthorne Bridge (1910) - Hawthorne Boulevard
• Marquam Bridge (1966) - Interstate 5
• Ross Island Bridge (1922) - U.S. Route 26/Powell Boulevard
• Sellwood Bridge (1925) - SE Tacoma Street

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