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Boring pursues a unique sign

Unincorporated enclave wants to tout pairing with Dull, Scotland


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JASON O'FLYNN - Nearly 15 percent of the residents of Dull, Scotland gathered to be photographed under one of two new road signs near Dull. This photo-op occurred in late June 2012, following the sign-unveiling ceremonies. Some Boring residents would like to have a similar sign at the edge of the community park.One of the goals of the Boring Community Planning Organization was to place signs at either end of the Boring commercial district reminding passers-by that Boring, Oregon, and Dull, Scotland, are “a pair for the ages.”

Efforts by former commissioner Jamie Damon produced a design and prototype, said CPO Chairman Steve Bates. But the idea was finally squashed by the Oregon Department of Transportation because it didn’t follow the federal standards that ODOT uses as its criteria for new signs.

“The new proposed sign (similar to the signs in Dull) does not comply with ODOT community signing policies,” an ODOT official wrote in response to Bates’ recent inquiry. “However, the proposed sign may be qualified under the ODOT outdoor advertising program. With certain installation criteria, ODOT could allow a sign to be on private or county land so that it could be visible from the highway.”

At ODOT’s suggestion, Bates is pursuing that idea, and after CPO members present at the March 5 meeting approved the idea, he asked the county Board of Commissioners to essentially make it happen.

The sign’s proposed location is near the south end of the Boring Station Trailhead Park and east of the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall. It would be as close to the highway as possible on county park land and visible from both directions of travel.

Bates told CPO members he expects passers-by to not pass by, but stop and get out of their vehicles to take photos of people standing near the sign, which would be patterned after Dull’s sign. The two-sided sign would be placed near and with access from the parking area for the park. It also would be large enough to be seen and read, even by passers-by who don’t stop.

According to the position statement approved by the CPO March 5, the CPO has asked the commissioners to engage ODOT with the county’s Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Department of Transportation and Development, county sign shop and the Clackamas County Parks Department to facilitate the plan.

Bates stated his attitude and the position of the majority of Boring CPO members when he wrote in the position statement, “Be it known that the two-sided Boring and Dull sign in the park is needed and required to allow tourists to honor and commemorate the pairing of Boring, Oregon, and Dull, Scotland.

“If New York City can have Times Square, then Boring must have a Boring and Dull sign in the park.”

Bates is encouraging county officials to make it happen so expeditiously that a sign is in place and can be dedicated Aug. 9, which soon is expected to be declared by both houses of the Oregon Legislature and Gov. John Kitzhaber as Boring and Dull Day in perpetuity.

To celebrate the fact that the local community, Clackamas County and the state have recognized that Boring and Dull are “a pair for the ages,” on Boring and Dull Day, Aug. 9, the CPO is planning an ice cream social and movie in the park.

For more information, contact Bates at 503-663-6271 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..