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Heroes and rascals...
shipwrecks and lost gold ...

Welcome to Offbeat Oregon History, a public-history resource for the state we love. Here's what you'll find here:

  • A weekly newspaper column published in about a dozen Oregon community newspapers;
  • An archive of columns we've published since 2008, with pictures (arranged by date of first publication);
  • A thrice-weekly podcast (7 to 12 minutes long) optimized for mobile-device listening via iTunes, Stitcher, or the podcatcher of your choice;
  • A weekly RSS feed optimized for smartphone newsreader apps like Pulse or Feedly;
  • An active Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest boards.

Enjoy! And if you have any comments on stories, suggestions for column topics or other feedback — or if you're coming by the OSU campus and have time for a cup of coffee with a fellow history dork — drop me a note at fj-@-offbeatoregon-dot-com any time!

Other years' columns, etc.:

Last “great” train robbery was a brutal, incompetent fiasco (#424, January 1, 2017)

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After several other attempts to get into the crime business didn't work out for them, the DeAutremont brothers came up with a plan to rob a train at the summit of the Siskiyous. It did not go well — for anyone involved.
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Bungled train robbery-murder solved with “CSI: Southern Oregon” (#425, January 8, 2017)

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College professor's forensic investigation fingered the DeAutremont Brothers in the brutal robbery; after a years-long manhunt, and more than 2 million “wanted” posters, they were caught. But we still don't know the full story.
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Oregon’s biggest mud puddles are once-and-future inland seas (#426, January 15, 2017)

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This article is still under its 60-day embargo. Click here to find it on the Web site of a member newspaper or other publication.

Quest for “Blue Bucket Mine” led “suckers” to actual riches (#427, January 22, 2017)

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Story of sinister “Polybius” videogame almost certainly a myth (#428, January 29, 2017)

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This article is still under its 60-day embargo. Click here to find it on the Web site of a member newspaper or other publication.

California Gold Rush was sparked by a failed Oregon farmer (#429, February 5, 2017)

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Tiny, lonely Newberg orphan grew up to be President (#430, February 12, 2017)

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This article is still under its 60-day embargo. Click here to find it on the Web site of a member newspaper or other publication.

Former Oregonian saved whole nations from starving to death (#431, February 19, 2017)

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How A.C. Gilbert, the “anti-Grinch” from Oregon, saved Christmas (#432, February 26, 2017)

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Pirate, jailbird, swindler, tycoon: “Colonel” T.E. Hogg and his railroad (#433, March 5, 2017)

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Did Sir Francis Drake actually visit Oregon in 1579? (#434, March 12, 2017)

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“The Bucket of Blood” saloon: A souvenir of the age of shanghaiing (#435, March 19, 2017)

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