Greg Gordon

Greg Gordon received his PhD in history from the University of Montana in 2010 and is currently an assistant professor in Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He has written numerous articles and two books. His most recent, When Money Grew on Trees: A. B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in 2015. 

Author's Entries

  • Andrew B. Hammond (1848-1934)

    Sensing opportunity following the Panic of 1893, Montana businessman Andrew B. Hammond looked toward the more populous Oregon to expand his financial holdings. In 1894, the worst year of the depression, he purchased the bankrupt Oregon Pacific Railroad and accepted a contract to build the Astoria and Columbia River Railroad …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Astoria and Columbia River Railroad

    Ever since Astoria was founded at the mouth of the Columbia River in 1811, residents dreamed of their town becoming a booming port. Once ships crossed the treacherous bar at the river’s mouth, however, the vessels simply continued to Portland. Townspeople, persuaded that a railroad could transform Astoria into …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Corvallis and Eastern Railroad

    Built in the 1870s by T. Egerton Hogg in a fit of over-opportunistic boosterism, the Oregon Pacific Railroad (which later became the Corvallis and Eastern Railroad) claimed to be Oregon’s first transcontinental connection. Linking Yaquina Bay with Boise, Idaho, Hogg’s railroad promised to cut 225 miles off the trip from …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Hammond

    Originally the site of a Clatsop village called Ne-ahk-stow, Hammond serves as the gateway to Fort Stevens State Park. Located on the west side of Youngs Bay, near Astoria, the town was incorporated as New Astoria in 1899. In 1915, townspeople voted to change the name to Hammond in order …

    Oregon Encyclopedia