1. A nickname for Seattle that hearkens back to the Alaska Gold Rush, when prospectors would get outfitted in Seattle and then travel north along the Inside Passage to Alaska.
2. A (laughable) nickname for Seattle. Seattle is perhaps more aptly described as the Gateway to the Pacific.
Provel cheese is most commonly found on "St. Louis style" pizza. It is a combination of cheddar, swiss and provolone cheeses. Provel was originally invented in St. Louis in 1947 by Costa Grocery (now known as Roma Grocery on the Hill) and the Hoffman Dairy of Wisconsin. Their goal was to create a cheese that melted, but didn't leave strings when you took a bite.
1. The Japanese cherry tree that makes the National Cherry Blossom Festival possible. The festival first started in 1934 to commemorate the mayor of Tokyo's gift of 3,000 sakuras to the city of Washington, D.C. The number of trees has since grown to over 6,000.
2. Japanese cherry tree.
The old name for Albuquerque. The first 'r' was removed back in the 19th Century after Anglos had a hard time with the original Spanish pronunciation.
Nickname for Portland because of all the rainfall it receives. Puddletown has made its way into popular PDX culture, as it's commonly affixed to names of businesses, sports teams, et al.