Oregon native Robert Hamm taught English at Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Aloha, and West Linn high schools and was head of the teacher-preparation program at the Oregon Campus of the University of Phoenix. He collected antique maps (not reproductions), his oldest map dating to 1574. He also collected historic newspapers dealing with Oregon from the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) to the Lewis and Clark Exposition (1905). He earned bachelor and master's degrees from Lewis and Clark College. He passed away in 2016.
Astoria (book, 1836)
Although Washington Irving (1783-1859) never traveled to Oregon Country, he wrote one of the most widely read and influential narratives of the region. His two-volume Astoria, or Anecdotes of an Enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains, published in 1836, introduced more readers to the Pacific Northwest than any single …