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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.

A Swede with Soul

We catch up with Daniel Norgren on tour.

Behind the Mask: Dave Dahl Launches an African Art Importing Business

At age 54, Dave Dahl is starting over. After more than two years of collecting masks and other tribal artwork, the icon of Dave’s Killer Bread now finds himself with a big bet in the African art world and on the path to healing from his well-publicized darker past.