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This Just In
"We could see the top of one hill and think that was the last. But when we gained that, others kept rising before us. To look back, in retreat, seemed utterly out of the question. To look forward was to look directly upwards, as the ascent seemed almost perpendicular." Harriet Hitchcock, 13, 1865, Oregon Trail
All American Toy Company
More than fifteen hundred lumber mills operated in Oregon in 1947, and …
Assisted Plant Migration
Assisted migration is the human-assisted movement of species and popula…
Daniel Drew (1843–1923)
Daniel Drew was a civic and religious figure in the Willamette Valley f…
Droughts in Oregon
A standard dictionary definition for drought is “a prolonged period of …
Endangered Klamath suckers
Since Lost River suckers (Deltistes luxatus) and shortnose suckers (Cha…
Henry Hamilton Hicklin (1825–1873)
White supremacy dominated opposition to slavery in mid-nineteenth-centu…
Josephine Martin Plymale (1845–1899)
Josephine Martin Plymale was both a woman of her time and a woman who d…
Letitia Carson (1814-1818–1888)
Letitia Carson, a nineteenth-century farmer and homesteader, was one of…
Mark A. Bell (1825–1897)
Marcus "Mark" A. Bell was a visible and enterprising leader in Portland…
On November 13, 1911, mycologist William Murrill collected a mushroom “…
Oregon Forests and Climate Change
How climate change affects Oregon forests and how those forests affect …
Oregon Natural Resources Council v. John R. Block
In December 1983, the Oregon Natural Resources Council (now called Oreg…
Raymond Newman (R. N.) Hockenberry (1876–1951)
For a brief time in the early twentieth century, R. N. Hockenberry was …
Sahomi Tachibana (1924–)
Sahomi Tachibana is a Japanese American master teacher and performer of…
Stand By Me (film)
Stand By Me, a classic of 1980s American cinema, was filmed mostly in a…
The 2021 Pacific Northwest Heatwave (Heat Dome)
A historic heatwave affected Oregon and the greater Pacific Northwest d…
The Goonies (Film)
For four weeks in the fall of 1984, the Uppertown neighborhood of Astor…
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