History

Portland Flood of 1894

As devastating as the more recent disasters were, the waters of the Willamette River have never risen higher than they…

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Mount Angel’s First Oktoberfest

One of the reasons we look so forward to fall is the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. This beautiful Bavarian-style town in…

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The Legacy of the Sawdust Circuit

If you squint hard enough, you can almost force the asphalt to fade away and replace it with a battered…

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Pendleton Round Up: First Color Photos 1948

This photo archive was prepared for 1859 magazine by one of our readers, Mitchell Kaba. They are most likely the…

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Mushroom Clouds & Dollar Signs

Learn the hidden history of the uranium mining in Oregon. When atomic metals were discovered in Klamath Falls, the uranium…

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Exploring the Oregon Trail

For many, the words “Oregon Trail” conjure happy childhood memories of hopping on old-school computers to transform oneself into a…

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Oregon City—Then & Now

In 2018, the Oregon Trail celebrates its 175th anniversary. Traders laid the 2,170-plus-mile wagon route from about 1811 to 1840.…

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Hippie Oregon

Deep within the Coast Range fourteen miles east of Florence, Oregon, a dozen or so members and residents of Alpha…

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The Vanished Cities

Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state, largely a result of early booming mining and lumber industries that…

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The Bing Cherry

The curious history of the Bing Cherry.

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