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My guess, as a Blazers fan, is that it has to do with the Oregon Trail, and Portland being one of the ending points of said trail...but I'm not a pro.

I've read that it has to do with the pioneering history of oregonians...and the name 'pioneers' was taken by a local college team already, so a citizen vote deemed the 'trail blazers' the winning choice.

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sorry for the inconvience but it was a homework assignment,believe it not I have a crazy school but its really coo but seriously can you answer that question for me that would be really great because no one can seem to tell me at all.

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What is the origin behind the name of the portland trailblazers?

they held a public contest to see what the name of the team would be, the trailblazers came second, and the first was ''pioneers'', but that was disqualified because a local college used it, so they went with the second highest number of votes, which was the trailblazers

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The team held a public contest to pick the name before they began playing in 1970. "Pioneers" actually won, but that was disqualified because it was already the mascot of a local college. The name Trailblazers alludes to the Oregon Trail and the state's frontier past.

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Lewis and Clark were "trail blazers," people who made tracks in new land (you know, The Oregon Trail).

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Because Portland is at the end of the Oregon Trail. Lewis and Clark also explored this area. Trailblazing is a part of Oregon history.

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There was a vote.

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