Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center

Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center

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Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center

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The Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center, usually referred to as the Expo Center, is a convention center located in the Kenton neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Opened in the early 1920s as a livestock exhibition and auction facility, the Expo Center now hosts over 100 events a year, including green consumer shows, trade shows, conventions, meetings and other special events. Located on the north side of Portland near Vancouver, Washington, it includes the northern terminus for the Yellow Line of Portland's light-rail transit system.

History

The complex was originally built in the early 1920s as the Pacific International Livestock Exposition, and operated as a livestock exhibition, cattle grading, and auction facility, as well as a rodeo venue, during its early years.

In 1942, the Center suspended livestock exposition operations and served as a Civilian Assembly Center under President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, which allowed for the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans. Three thousand five hundred people of Japanese descent were confined there for a period of five months, while they awaited transfer to internment camps in California and Idaho. Torii Gate, an installation piece by Portland artist Valerie Otani, acts as a memorial honoring the people held at the Portland Assembly Center in...
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