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Entry from June 14, 2012
Stumptown (Portland nickname)

"Stumptown” (or “Stump-town") is a Portland nickname, perhaps most popularly used since 1999 in the business name “Stumptown Coffee Roasters.” According to Oregon, end of the trail (1940), by the Federal Writers’ Project:

“Captain H. M. Knighton took up the site (St. Helens—ed.) as a donation land claim and in 1847 laid out the town as a competitor of the newly established Portland, which he contemptuously referred to as ‘Little Stump Town.’”

The “Stumptown” nickname referred to the many tree stumps that were in the town at that time (in the 1850s). The “Stumptown” name rarely appeared in the Oregonian newspaper and was probably popularized by the book, Early Portland: Stump-town triumphant; rival towns on the Willamette, 1831-1854 (1970), by Eugene E. Snyder.


Wikipedia: Nicknames of Portland, Oregon
Stumptown
Stumptown was coined in a period of phenomenal growth in Portland after 1847. The city was growing so rapidly that the stumps of trees cut down to make way for roads were left behind until manpower could be spared to remove them. In some areas the stumps remained for so long that locals whitewashed them to make them more visible. They also used them to cross the street without sinking into the mud. Captain John C. Ainsworth commented that there were “more stumps than trees” in Portland in the early 1850s.

29 June 1923, Morning Oregonian, “Polly and the Pioneers” by Mabel Goodwin Cleland, pg. 11, col. 3:
Some folks called it merely “the village,” and still others, “Stump-town”; anyway it was of little consequence. (That little stump-town is now our beautiful Portland.)

Google Books
Oregon, end of the trail
By Federal Writers’ Project (Or.)
Portland, OR: Binfords & Mort, publishers
1940
Pg. 278:
Captain H. M. Knighton took up the site (St. Helens—ed.) as a donation land claim and in 1847 laid out the town as a competitor of the newly established Portland, which he contemptuously referred to as “Little Stump Town.”

9 September 1962, Sunday Oregonian (Portland, OR), “Early Oregon Issues Limned In New Novel” by Malcolm Bauer, pg. 43, col. 3:
The time is the summer of 1850, when Oregon City was the metropolis of the Oregon Territory, Portland was known as “Stumptown,” and Meek was U.S. marshal.

OCLC WorldCat record
Early Portland: stump-town triumphant; rival towns on the Willamette, 1831-1854
Author: Eugene E Snyder
Publisher: Portland, Or., Binfords & Mort [1970]
Edition/Format:  Book : English : [1st ed.]

OCLC WorldCat record
Leftovers!
Author: Stumptown Jazz (Musical group)
Publisher: Portland, OR : Stumptown Jazz, [1987]
Edition/Format:  Musical cassette : Cassette recording : Jazz : No Linguistic Content

OCLC WorldCat record
Modern art hits Stumptown : Sally H. Lewis and vanguard exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, 1911-1924
Author: Emerson Faith
Dissertation: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Oregon, 1997.
Edition/Format:  Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript Archival Material : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Stumptown coffee : the aesthetics of taste and identity
Author: Erin Crowell; Reed College (Portland, Or.) Division of History and Social Sciences. Anthropology Dept.
Dissertation: Thesis (B.A.)--Reed College, 2007.
Edition/Format:  Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript Archival Material

OCLC WorldCat record
Stumptown. Volume 1
Author: Greg Rucka; Matthew Southworth
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Oni ; London : Diamond [distributor], 2010.
Edition/Format:  Book : Fiction : English
Summary: Dex is the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, and a fairly talented PI. Unfortunately, she’s less adept at throwing dice than solving cases. She’s into the Confederated Tribes of the Wind Coast for 18 large. But maybe Dex’s luck is about to change. Sue-Lynne, will clear Dex’s debt if she can locate Sue-Lynne’s missing granddaughter.

OCLC WorldCat record
Walking Portland. ; 30 Tours of Stumptown’s Funky Neighborhoods, Historic Landmarks, Park Trails, Farmers Markets, and Brewpubs.
Author: Ryan Ver Berkmoes; Becky Ohlsen
Publisher: Wilderness Press 2013.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

(Trademark)
Word Mark STUMPTOWN COFFEE ROASTERS
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: COFFEE BEANS AND COFFEE. FIRST USE: 20030630. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20030630
IC 037. US 100 103 106. G & S: CONSULTING IN THE FIELD OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTION; CONSULTING IN THE FIELD OF COFFEE SHOP AND RESTAURANT CONSTRUCTION, BUILD-OUT AND CONSTRUCTION LAYOUT FOR COFFEE EQUIPMENT; COFFEE EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION, REPAIR SERVICING, AND MAINTENANCE. FIRST USE: 20030430. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20030430
IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: EDUCATION SERVICES, NAMELY, PROVIDING CLASSES IN THE FIELD OF COFFEE AND ESPRESSO INCORPORATING ESPRESSO PREPARATION, DRINK BUILDING, COFFEE BREWING, SCIENCE OF ESPRESSO, COFFEE CUPPING, COFFEE TASTING, AND THE COFFEE INDUSTRY; BARISTA TRAINING. FIRST USE: 20050731. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20050731
IC 043. US 100 101. G & S: COFFEE SHOPS. FIRST USE: 20030430. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20030430
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 85096327
Filing Date July 29, 2010
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition March 15, 2011
Registration Number 3969433
Registration Date May 31, 2011
Owner (REGISTRANT) Stumptown Incorporated CORPORATION OREGON 2376 S.E. 45th Avenue Portland OREGON 97215
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record Ian D. Gates
Prior Registrations 2853914
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “COFFEE ROASTERS” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

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