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Haystack Rock was once a tempting target for daredevil climbers

One could think of late June and early July of 1968 in Cannon Beach as the Summer of the Dead Baby Birds. On June 28, at the height of the nesting season, a 23-year-old man from Portland had...

 

The Three Sisters Meadow was once the site of two mills

Last Saturday people had a chance to add to their local knowledge storehouse thanks to a review of some of the background for a property they might often pass by. As Cliff Richardson explained two...

 

Echoes from the Past

Day before birthday, man survives 300-Foot plunge off Highway 20 SANTIAM PASS: A Salem man survived a morning crash last Thursday in the Santiam Pass area in which he lost control of his sport utility...

 

Echoes from the Past

Reprinted from the June 16, 2011 edition of McKenzie River Reflections EUGENE: The Lane County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday was slated to approve applications submitted by Public Works Dept....

 

Echoes from the Past

Reprinted from McKenzie River Reflections Volume 13, October 12, 2006 Continued From Last Week In June 1897 the Organic Administration Act of 1897 was passed, which authorized the Secretary of the...

 

Echoes from the Past

Reprinted from McKenzie River Reflections Volume 13, October 12, 2006 BEGINNINGS, 1891-1898 The movement for forestry and Federal forests in the periodb1876 - 1891 was a complex one. It involved a...

 

Offbeat Oregon History

In the small hours of the morning of Aug. 16, 1906, a powerful explosion jolted residents awake near the little town of Willamette, which today is a neighborhood of West Linn. It came from the...

 

Offbeat Oregon History

Continued From Last Week Big League Chew (1977) Baseball players, back in the day, were somewhat famous for chewing tobacco on the field. Fans would see them pull a pouch of Red Man or Beech-Nut out o...

 

Offbeat Oregon History

Continued From Last Week The Tater Tot (1953) As we turn our attention to what food historian Heather Arndt Anderson calls “Oregon’s prodigal spud,” we are straying into distinctly...

 

Offbeat Oregon History

Iconic food items invented in Oregon By Finn J.D. John At the time of this writing, the Christmas shopping season is just starting to spool up, and folks are getting ready for some serious holiday...

 

Echoes from the Past

Lane County Historian VIII No. 2, June 1967 A special interest has been added to the finding of the Condra tree markings discovered in 1960 in the McKenzie River Valley Country, with the earth...

 

Echoes from the Past

Lane County Historian XXXVI, #1, Spring 1991 When I was a very, very young child my mother and father were operating a hotel in Blue River, mostly for the benefit of miners and people who worked at th...

 

Offbeat Oregon History

Continued From Last Week At one point, Oregon Trunk Railroad president John Stevens (Hill’s top lieutenant on the job) learned the Twohy Brothers had built a wagon road across a 230-acre parcel of...

 

Offbeat Oregon History

Sometime in the late spring of 1909, at the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company’s ticket booth in Portland, a 19-year-old man named Jim Morrell laid down his last $2 for a ticket on the Bailey...

 
 By Fitz Moore    History    October 26, 2023

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From River Reflections May 30, 1983 Most of us have noticed fishing flies for sale somewhere here along the river. They are casually bought and sold in tackle shops, hardware stores, gas stations, restaurants, and taverns from Springfield to Sisters...

 

Grandma Thomson

A wealth of memories clings around the name, “Thomson’s Lodge,” and in spite of the fact that the lodge has now passed out of the hands of the Thomson family who founded it in 1860, the name and the famous hospitality of the place will...

 

Offbeat Oregon History

Continued From Last Week By Finn J.D. John The court also learned that Fieber had tried to slip away to a new piece of land beyond the county court’s jurisdiction, which he had secretly leased in...

 

Willamette issues temporary closure for section of Forest Road 19

The Willamette National Forest issued a temporary closure order this week for a portion of Forest Service Road (FSR) 19 to complete a paving project to resurface the road and repair slope failures, providing safe access for those traveling the...

 

Offbeat Oregon History

On the evening of Sept. 28, 1995, Woney and Laurie Peters, of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, were driving back to their home behind the local elementary school when they noticed something wasn’t right....

 

Echoes from the Past

Stripes may come back, but not downtown River Reflections, Volume 6, Issue 30 March 23, 1984 Yellow lines down the middle of the McKenzie Highway have been a point of conflict since the Oregon...

 

Offbeat Oregon History

Continued From Last Week The accolades kept coming. She appeared on an episode of NBC’s This Is Your Life, with the legendary Ralph Edwards. Afterward, she was presented with a home in Beaverton...

 

Offbeat Oregon History

Sometime in 1943, during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, a group of more than 40 officers of the Imperial Japanese Navy strolled into Club Tsubaki, an exclusive gentlemen’s club in the...

 

When "The Rolls-Royce Guru" came to Oregon

AND, THAT WAS the end of it. Germany extradited Sheela to the U.S. for trial on various charges including arson, poisoning, and assault. She worked out a deal that included a few years in federal...

 

When "The Rolls-Royce Guru" came to Oregon

After the election, the new formerly homeless residents of Rajneeshpuram were the most pressing problem for Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers. They cost a lot of money to feed and house, and...

 

When "The Rolls-Royce Guru" came to Oregon

In the courtyard at the Antelope Post Office today, there stands a large bronze plaque attached to the base of a flagpole. It reads, “Dedicated to those of this community who throughout the...

 

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