Which city's name was decided by a coin toss?
Portland, Oregon's name was determined by a coin flip. Two New England natives, Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove had to make the decision as they both owned the area. They had their hometowns in mind for potential names. Lovejoy was from Boston, Massachusetts, while Pettygrove was from Portland, Maine. Pettygrove won the coin toss two out of three times and the rest as they say is history. The coin used for this decision, now known as the Portland Penny, is on display in the headquarters of the Oregon Historical Society.
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