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Category: History

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…

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…

Mushroom Clouds & Dollar Signs

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

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…

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.…

Hippie Oregon

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

The Vanished Cities

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

The Bing Cherry

The curious history of the Bing Cherry.

The Pioneer Picnic: Oregon’s Longest-Running Community Event

Started by Oregon's pioneers in the 1800s, the Pioneer Picnic will celebrate its 130th anniversary in Brownsville this June.

The Pioneer Saloon: Oregon’s 134-Year-Old Bar

One of the oldest pubs in Oregon—it first started serving drinks in 1883—the Pioneer Saloon in Paisley has an effect…

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