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Mt. Hood Railroad
The Mt. Hood Railroad is the home of the scenic train trips that can be taken in the area around Portland. The train runs between Hood River (about 60 miles east of Portland) and Parkdale. There are some freight trips, but it's predominantly a passenger train for tourist excursions through the beautiful countryside.
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North Mississippi Avenue
North Portland's Mississippi Avenue sits close to the border of Northeast Portland, and shares characteristics with both. Mostly, North Mississippi Avenue is today a hip and funky neighborhood in what was for a long time a forgotten part of the city.
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The Grotto
Tucked into a corner of Northeast Portland in a park-like space is a Catholic sanctuary known as “The Grotto.” The official name is the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, and it's a shrine and botanical garden. It covers 62 acres that were purchased by Father Ambrose Mayer in 1923; he intended to build a shrine to the Virgin Mary on the land. The project was even blessed by then-Pope Pius XI in a handwritten letter, and the first mass was held at The Grotto in 1924.
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Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHC)
The Oregon Rail Heritage Center was opened in 2012 on the east side of the Willamette River after the demolition of an historic roundhouse necessitated moving three steam locomotives owned by the city of Portland. The three locomotives are now at the ORHC, which is near the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
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