Boring, Oregon

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Unincorporated community
Motto: "The most exciting place to live."
Boring is located in Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 45°25′48″N 122°22′25″W / 45.43000°N 122.37361°W / 45.43000; -122.37361Coordinates: 45°25′48″N 122°22′25″W / 45.43000°N 122.37361°W / 45.43000; -122.37361
Country United States
State Oregon
County Clackamas
Population (2000)
 • Total 8,000[1]
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Boring is an unincorporated community located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, on Oregon Route 212. It is approximately eight miles south of Gresham and about the same distance from Clackamas, both suburbs of Portland. The town is roughly twenty-three miles (37 km) southeast from downtown Portland.[2]


The community was named after William H. Boring, an early resident of the area.[3] Boring was a Union veteran who had moved out to Oregon after the Civil War.[4] Boring died in 1932 at the age of 91 and was buried beside his wife Sarah in Damascus Pioneer Cemetery.[5]

Boring was platted in 1903 as "Boring Junction".[3] The post office was established and named "Boring" the same year, and the builders of the interurban railway adopted Boring as the name of the community.[3]

In 2005, citizens of Boring applied to become one of the first legally recognized villages in Oregon.[6] However, after many months of polarizing debate on the village issue, residents narrowly defeated the village designation in a town hall referendum in August 2006, with 293 votes in favor and 298 against.[7]

The unusual name of the town often prompts its inclusion on lists of unusual place names.[8][9] The name "Boring" is embraced by locals, however, and found in many local businesses, resulting in many road signs that seem humorous to outsiders. Boosters of the village designation use the slogan "The most exciting place to live."[10] Boring served as inspiration for the Disney animated TV series Gravity Falls.[11]

In June 2012, in a play on the town's name, the Boring Community Planning Organization voted to "pair" with Dull, Scotland, for the purpose of promoting tourism in both towns.[12][13] Dull is a tiny village of only 84 residents, while Boring has about 8,000.[1] In 2013, a farm community and former gold prospecting site Bland Shire in West Wyalong, New South Wales, Australia[14][15] was added to the mix to create not a "twinned town" relationship but a "League of Extraordinary Communities" grouping Dull, Boring and Bland[16][17] as a means of encouraging travel,[16] promoting all three communities.[18][19]


Boring was a timber industry town throughout much of the 20th century. The Portland Traction Company, a now-defunct railroad, operated a rail line from Portland (near the current location of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on the Willamette River) to Boring via Gresham.[20] In the 1950s, the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads jointly took over operation of the remaining portion of the line for freight operations. Much of the line has since been purchased by local governments for the creation of a long-distance rail trail named the Springwater Corridor.

The town was also home to Wescott's, builder of fiberglass reproduction bodies for custom cars,[21] but that shop is officially in the city of Damascus now that there are official city limits.

The town is home of a campus of Guide Dogs For The Blind, Inc., the oldest guide dog training program on the US west coast.[22]

Sister Cities[edit]

Elizabeth Leighton of Aberfeldy, Scotland proposed the pairing, while passing through Boring on a cycling holiday.[26][27] In June 2012, Boring accepted the proposal of Dull to "pair" their municipalities, in an effort to promote tourism in both places as a play on their names.[23][24][25] The Boring Community Planning Organization issued commemorative “Boring & Dull: a pair for the ages” t-shirts and mugs, as well as raffling off a trip to Dull, Scotland.[28] However, the Boring CPO will not be attempting to get the pairing recognised by Sister Cities International.[29]

Dull and Boring celebrations are held annually on 9 August in Oregon[30] with a piper and a barbershop quartet;[31] the Dull celebrations are in October.[32][33]

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  1. ^ a b Dungca, Nicole (April 25, 2012). "Dull woman pushes for Boring partnership: Oregon town teams up with Scottish village". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ Rand McNally. State Farm Road Atlas Chicago: Rand McNally, 2012, p. 84.
  3. ^ a b c McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 101. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  4. ^ De Avila, Joseph (Aug 8, 2013). "Yawns Across the Water: Boring Meets Dull in Oregon". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
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  7. ^ Hathcock, Marcus (August 23, 2006). "Five votes sink Boring village". The Sandy Post. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ TripAtlas
  9. ^ Parker, Quentin (2010). Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places. Adams Media. pp. viii. 
  10. ^ "Boring Village". Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  11. ^ "Gravity Falls inspired by Boring Oregon". The Oregonian. June 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Boring in Oregon votes to pair with Dull in Perthshire". BBC. June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ Fuggetta, Emily (June 5, 2012). "Boring group makes Dull decision: Partnership official with Scottish village". The Oregonian. p. C1. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Dull and Boring story also to become Bland?". Highland Perthshire News. 2014-07-12. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  15. ^ "Bland hopes to join Dull and Boring - Perth & Kinross". The Courier (UK). 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  16. ^ a b Feb. 25, 2014, 7:30 a.m. (2014-02-25). "Bland joins Dull and Boring". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  17. ^ "Scots town Dull joins forces with Bland and Boring". The Scotsman. 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  18. ^ "Bland, Dull and Boring: Three towns team up to excite tourists". MSN. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  19. ^ Baskas, Harriet (2014-04-25). "Dull, Boring and Bland Team Up to Lure Tourists". NBC News. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  20. ^ The Rise and Fall of the Portland Traction Company
  21. ^ Street Rodder, 1/85, p.74.
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  23. ^ a b Gambino, Lauren. "Dull and Boring? Sounds exciting". KVAL. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  24. ^ a b LeVeille, David. "A Tale of Dull and Boring Sister Cities". The Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  25. ^ a b BBC News - Boring in Oregon votes to pair with Dull in Perthshire
  26. ^ Alexandra Topping and agencies (2012-06-06). "Dull and Boring? Not any more for Scottish village and US town". Guardian (UK). Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  27. ^ "Welcome to Dull and Boring". 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  28. ^ "Happy Boring & Dull Day!". TIME magazine. 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  29. ^ Emily Fuggetta. "Boring group makes Dull decision: Partnership official with Scottish village". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  30. ^ "Dull & Boring". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  31. ^ "Excitement hope for Boring, Oregon, and Dull, Perthshire". BBC News. 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  32. ^ Campbell, Glenn. "Dull, Scotland, makes Boring, Oregon, more interesting". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  33. ^ "BBC TV crew tapes interviews in Boring". Portland Tribune. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 

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