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In 1843, business partners William Overton and Asa Lovejoy filed the original claim for the land on the west bank of the Willamette River. Then in 1845, Overton sold his share of the claim to Francis Pettygrove. Pettygrove and Lovejoy surveyed the land and decided to build a city. Previously called "The Clearing," Portland gets its name from the toss of a coin with Pettygrove's home town in Maine winning over Lovejoy's birthplace in Boston.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|