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The Willamette Riverfront

Among Portland's many nicknames is the City of Bridges, in view of the seven or eight large bridges that span the Willamette River in the city.  Most of them are quite old, having been built way back in the early decades of the 20th century.   This era seems to have been the time when Portland first became established as a major city of the Northwest.   The timber industry and the later expansion of agriculture in the valley were the main impetus for that period of rapid growth.

To this day, there are still a huge number of old three or four-story brick factory buildings in the city, many of which have now been converted to businesses, stores or condominiums.   The sheer number of these old buildings gives parts of downtown Portland a very definite resemblance to many East Coast industrial cities of the same era.

Nowadays, the Portland riverfront has been cleaned up considerably from its old industrial state, with parks, sidewalks, and bicycle paths lining the river on both sides for many miles.   Since moving here, we've been exploring these walks and paths, and here are some photos we've taken along the way.

No matter what the weather may be, it's always possible to get out of doors and walk along any one of these paths.   You just have to bundle up and get out there!
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