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How 5 of the Most Famous U.S. Cities Got Their Confusing Nicknames

3) Stumptown

Oregon didn’t become a state until 1859, but by that point the logging industry had already become a huge source of revenue for the workers and companies that had set up shop in what was to become known as the Beaver State. In a race to populate the area, fledgling communities in Oregon strived to become real cities in what was a competition of sorts.

Oregon in the early 1900s

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A critic of Portland in its early days claimed there were more stumps than trees in Portland and the city of stumps soon became affectionately known as Stumptown by the locals – a vast improvement upon its previous moniker of the The Clearing.

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