Here's your brief history and geography lesson for the day. Back in 1786, the citizens of an area in Falmouth called the Neck broke away from town and named the peninsula Portland. They named it after an isle near Dorset, England. It had fast become an important commercial and shipping center in the Northeast. It still is today, after all the main artery that runs along the water is Commercial Street. If you ever get a chance to take a look at a map of the area, it's pretty hard to miss the city of Portland. It's shaped like a 'fist', as it juts out into the Atlantic. Class dismissed for the summer!