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Pop Artist or Conman? The Time Andy Warhol Came to Oregon. And the Time He Didn’t.

Written by Ben McBee On October 6, 1967, students and faculty at the University of Oregon filed into the Erb Memorial Union at the heart of campus, taking their seats in the ballroom, their eyes locked in anticipation on an empty stage. The room was packed. Its large Friday night crowd was a true indication of the honored guest’s celebrity status – especially considering the excitement and distractions that come with a new school year. A man appeared at the front of the audience, a trail of smoke floating from a loosely held cigarette. His pale face was disguised by dark Ray-Ban shades; a mop of white-blonde hair covered his head. Andy Warhol, the idiosyncratic Prince of Pop Art had arrived in Eugene, Oregon. Or had he? In the late 1960s, Warhol was at the peak of his fame. From his enigmatic New York City studio, The Factory, Warhol’s artistic,…

Portland Pin Ups Mike Long

Mike Long Creates Portland Pin-Ups

Mike Long is the owner of Portland Pin-Ups—the only studio in the Northwest specializing in classic 1950s-style pin-up shoots.

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Sunstone Mining in Oregon

The Oregon state stone, sunstone, is a unique gem prized for its brilliance. We explore the history and economics of the Oregon sunstone.

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16 Intriguing Oregonians

1859 Oregon’s Magazine introduces extraordinary people whose lives have been sweetened by their passions.

Oregon Author Eliot Treichel

Oregon Author Eliot Treichel

Oregon author Eliot Treichel adds gravity with his writing for young adults.

Allison Brown with Oregon Duck Bronze Sculpture

Alison Brown

As a college student at the University of Oregon, Alison Brown searched for a career that would be fulfilling. She knew she loved art, but didn’t think she could make a living sculpting. Then she discovered her calling was all over campus—in the form of Puddles the Duck, the university’s mascot.

Festival Sustainability

Students used 690 wooden gable trusses to build the Treeline Stage, which hosted eighteen of the festival’s performers (including Tank and the Bangas, Wolf People, KING and Ty Segall). Post-festival, the team deconstructed the stage, with the trusses still intact, and moved the materials to a site in Clackamas County to reconstruct them into tiny homes (called “sleeping pods”) for homeless veterans.

Portland Flood of 1894

As devastating as the more recent disasters were, the waters of the Willamette River have never risen higher than they did in June 1894. Turn-of-the-century Portland sprung up as a vital economic hub due to its position at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, a location that could be precarious when torrential rains fell. Severe spring snow melt and summer downpours combined that year to push the river deep into downtown, setting a record 33-foot high watermark that still stands today.