Portland named in a coin toss
In 1843 a drifter named William Overton and an attorney named Asa Lovejoy ran their canoe aground on the banks of the Willamette River. Surrounded by the beauty of the region, Overton wanted to invest in the land; but didn't have the 25 cents needed to file a claim. So, he contracted with Lovejoy and in return for a quarter, Overton would split the claim to the 640-acres known then as "The Clearing."
Overton quickly grew tired of clearing trees and building roads, so he moved on, selling his half of the claim to Francis W. Pettygrove. Lovejoy and Pettygrove couldn't decide on a name for their "clearing." Lovejoy was adamant the site be named after his hometown of Boston, Mass., while Pettygrove was equally determined about his native Portland, Maine. They decided to flip a coin, now known as the "Portland Penny," to settle the argument. Pettygrove won two of three tosses.
The penny is now on display at the Oregon Historical Society Museum in downtown Portland.
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