April 26, 2012 in Region

Boring meets Dull in international partnership

Associated Press
 

PORTLAND — Boring: Meet Dull.

That’s what happened when two small towns, one in the U.S. state of Oregon and the other in Scotland, decided to get together and become sister communities.

The Oregonian reports that the idea came from a Scottish tourist, Elizabeth Leighton, who traveled this year through the Oregon town in Clackamas County that was named after homesteader William H. Boring.

The partnership means that the towns can use their collectively descriptive names to promote tourism. Officials in the Oregon town plan to sell T-shirts that say “Boring and Dull.”

Boring has a population of 8,000. Dull has a population of 84 and possibly gets its name from a Gaelic word from centuries ago.

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