Sometimes, important decisions in life can come down to the flip of a coin – a 50/50 chance.
The Portland Penny is an 1835 U.S. copper one-cent piece, used to decide the name of Portland, Oregon, United States. Two immigrants, Francis Pettygrove from Portland, Maine and Asa Lovejoy from Boston, Massachusetts both wanted to name the site, then known as The Clearing, after their respective home towns.
The coin toss was decided in 1845 with two out of three tosses going to Pettygrove.
Since then, Portland has adopted the rose as it symbol – a sign of the hard work that went into making Portland the beauty that it is today. Visit the Portland Rose Garden overlooking the city and providing a view of Mt. Hood in the distance.