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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);
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— 1947, LAKE COUNTY — COLUMN N° 477 — JANUARY 7, 2018 —
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State government was “decapitated” by 1947 plane crash

Oregon lost its governor, secretary of state, and Senate president when their Beechcraft Bonanza slammed into the side of a ridge southwest of Lakeview.

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— 1947, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 478 — JANUARY 14, 2018 —
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Helicopter crash had huge impact on Portland journalism

It was the first news helicopter in the nation, and it gave the Oregon Journal a huge advantage. But then, one day ...

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— THE 1840s, STATE-WIDE — COLUMN N° 479 — JANUARY 21, 2018 —
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Davy Crockett in Oregon territory? Only in legend

In the tall tales of 1840s almanacs, the “King of the Wild Frontier” had a lively interest in the Beaver State. But he did get a few of his facts wrong ...

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— 1884, MARION COUNTY — COLUMN N° 480 — JANUARY 28, 2018 —
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Was Joe Drake a murderer, or an innocent patsy?

It's nearly certain that Drake was guilty only of extreme naivete — and his landlord, after murdering a neighbor, knew he could pin the crime on him because Drake was black.

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— 1962, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 481 — FEBRUARY 4, 2018 —
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Giant DC-8 airliner landed at country airport by mistake

Troutdale Airfield is just 10 miles from Portland International — and built to serve Cessnas, not Boeings. But one dark night in 1962, a jumbo-jet pilot got confused....

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—1942, TILLAMOOK COUNTY — COLUMN N° 482 — FEBRUARY 11, 2018 —
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Tillamook Guerillas were ready to repel invaders

When the Oregon National Guard was called up, Oregonians felt vulnerable to Japanese invasion. So they loaded their rifles and possed up, ready to give 'em hell!

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— 1887, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 483 — FEBRUARY 18, 2018 —
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Chinese man’s death may have prevented a “tong war”

It was obvious to nearly everyone that Chee Gong was innocent. But one of his tong brothers had murdered Lee Yik and disappeared, and blood had to answer for blood.

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— SOUTH COAST — COLUMN N° 484 — FEBRUARY 25, 2018 —
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Was legendary gold city of Quivira on the Oregon Coast?

Native Americans told Coronado there was a fabulous just to the north. All he found were Indian villages. But, was there a real city behind this vague legend?

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— JOSEPHINE COUNTY — COLUMN N° 485 — MARCH 4, 2018 —
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Murderer faked catatonic state for almost two years

Charles Fiester lay there on his cot, eyes open, staring at nothing, for 515 days ... knowing that when his ruse was discovered, he'd be hanged.

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— 1885, LINN COUNTY — COLUMN N° 486 — MARCH 11, 2018 —
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Slain man turned out to have been a creepy stalker

A startup newspaper in Albany was determined to see Mattie Allison hanged, one way or another.But when her court case got started, the real story came out ...

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— MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 487 — MARCH 18, 2018 —
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Free-love anarchist newspaper shut down for “smut”

Portlanders tolerated three years of calls for revolution, but when The Firebrand started saying mean things about marriage, the gloves were off.

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— MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 488 — MARCH 25, 2018 —
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Mayor Baker's theatre defined Portland culture

From 1901 until the First World War, Mayor George Baker's theater was the great shaper and driver of Portland's unique overgrown-small-town community.

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— 1898, DESCHUTES & LANE COUNTIES — COLUMN N° 489 — APRIL 1, 2018 —
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Murderers wandered valley, desperate for an alibi

They'd left Condon with a wealthy rancher and murdered him on the way. Only then did they realize how bad it would look to show up at their destination without him ...

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— COLUMBIA RIVER BAR — COLUMN N° 490 — APRIL 8, 2018 —
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Deadly shipwreck was luckiest break of injured sailor’s life

Taken to Ocean Park after being nearly killed in a shipwreck, William Begg was nursed back to health by Maude Taylor – who turned out to be the love of his life.

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— 1902, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 491 — APRIL 15, 2018 —
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Murderers picked the wrong landlady to steal from

The cops wouldn't return her call, and they would be gone by morning. So Mrs. Whitlock picked up the phone – at 10:15 at night! – and woke up the District Attorney.

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— 1904, COLUMBIA RIVER BAR — COLUMN N° 492 — APRIL 22, 2018 —
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Schooner sailed through a hurricane, full of water

Off Yaquina Bay, the lumber schooner Frank W. Howe suddenly filled with water. Luckily, the cargo of railroad ties kept her afloat – for a week-long fight for life.

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—1902, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 493 — APRIL 29, 2018 —
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“Unwritten Law” didn’t cover murder of in-laws

Alfred Belding targeted his wife's family with murderous rampage, shot at his young son, and tried to claim “temporary insanity.” It didn't work.

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— 1880s, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 494 — MAY 6, 2018 —
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Deadwood Dick's Oregon Adventures; or, Pulpy Hokum

White-hat con man Deadwood Dick was the hero of dozens of dime novels in the late 1800s. But his New York author didn't really know much about the West.

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— MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 495 — MAY 13, 2018 —
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A frontier Romeo and Juliet story, with a hypno-twist

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— MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 496 — MAY 20, 2018 —
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Librarian's traitorous crime: Not lending government money

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— LANE COUNTY — COLUMN N° 497 — MAY 27, 2018 —
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University of Oregon founding father Deady once its number-one opponent

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— GRANT COUNTY — COLUMN N° 498 — JUNE 3, 2018 —
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Berry Way's trial: “Paint Your Wagon” meets “Perry Mason,” but for keeps

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— MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 499 — JUNE 10, 2018 —
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When the White Eagle Saloon was America's most notorious nest of anarchists

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— MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 500 — JUNE 17, 2018 —
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Abigail Scott Duniway thought she'd be remembered primarily for her novels, but ...

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— STATEWIDE — COLUMN N° 501— JUNE 24, 2018 —
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Oregon was JFK's make-or-break state in the 1960 primary

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— STATEWIDE — COLUMN N° 502 — JULY 1, 2018 —
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Oregonians called BS on California papers' UFO stories in 1890s

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— UMATILLA COUNTY — COLUMN N°503— JULY 8, 2018 —
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Flying Saucer stories got their start in Pendleton

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— YAMHILL COUNTY — COLUMN N°504— JULY 15, 2018 —
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McMinnville UFO photos still hotly debated today

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