Boring is an unincorporated community located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, on Oregon Route 212.The town is located twelve miles (19 km) southeast of Portland.
The land on which Boring was built was a former lava field. The Boring Lava Field, which takes its namesake from the town, is located just north of Boring. There are approximately 80 lava vents across the area, remnants of the volcanic activity that occurred there roughly 2.6 million years ago.The lava field extends across surrounding Portland and Vancouver, Washington, though the volcanic centers are extinct. The land that would later become Boring had no known inhabitants, though the Clackamas Tribe had a camp located south of Boring, near present-day Oregon City, along the Willamette River.Settlers began to arrive in the area in the late 1800s, after the establishment of Portland. Boring was named after William H. Boring, an early resident of the area who began farming there in the 1870s.Boring was a Union veteran who had moved out to Oregon after the Civil War. Boring died in 1932 at the age of 91 and was buried beside his wife Sarah in Damascus Pioneer Cemetery.Boring was platted in 1903 as "Boring Junction".The post office was established and named "Boring" the same year, and the builders of the interurban railway adopted Boring as the name of the community.