Towns of Boring, OR and Dull, Scotland make exciting connection

Towns of Boring, OR and Dull, Scotland make exciting connection

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by KGW staff

WCNC.com

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

PORTLAND -- If Dull and Boring sounds like a fun Friday night, we have the place for you. In a partnership that seems almost meant to be, two towns, separated by continents, are now united by their mundane names.

There is no actual tumbleweed in Boring, Ore. The truth is, the small town on the way to Mount Hood is kind of busy. Most of that traffic just passing through.

Over the years they've had a lot of fun with the Boring name, which comes from the family who helped found it. But it's never received attention like this.

“He said, ‘I saw your name on the cover of the wall street journal,’” said Boring man Steve Bates. “Boring is a name not a condition.”

All that ink comes from a clever connection between the Boring town of 8,000 and a Scottish town of 80.

Recently, a tourist living near Dull, Scotland traveled to take a bike tour that took her through Boring. She saw the connection and told some people back home.

Those Dull women and some Boring men like Bates got a governor's proclamation.

August 9 is now Boring and Dull day.

“Over there is Dull and Boring and over here it’s Boring and Dull,” Bates said.

Eventually, they want a sign up commemorating the partnership that hopefully gets tourists to stop, take photos and maybe even buy some, you know, Boring stuff.

But first, they get ready for an ice cream social to celebrate.

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KGW reporter Reggie Aqui contributed to this report.

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