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Every Friday in Stumptown Stumper, the Portland Tribune offers a trivia question and answer that helps you boost your Rose City IQ.

Q: There are at least three official time capsules buried in the city of Portland. Where are they, and when are they set to be opened?

A: One is at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, sealed at the base of a memorial to the Battleship Oregon, which played a key role in the Spanish-American War of 1898. Those who buried it July 4, 1976, intended it to be opened July 5, 2076.

In June 1980, a group called the Cathedral Park Committee in North Portland included ash from Mount St. Helens in their capsule, sealed in the Wall of History in the park's Memorial Garden. Instructions on how to uncover the capsule in 2030 were left at the Oregon History Center.

A third capsule was buried during the 1998 renovation and rededication of Portland City Hall. It is located at the northeast corner of the building, outside the city auditor's office, and marked with a bronze plaque. It will be opened in 2098.

Among the items buried are letters from children and a VHS videotape of the burial ceremony. City Auditor Gary Blackmer says his office is keeping a VCR on hand for as long as possible for future generations to view it.

Next week's Stumper: What was Portland's hottest day on record, and how hot was it?

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