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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 daily 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.

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

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Column No. 483 - February 18, 2018
— SOUTH COAST — COLUMN N° 484 — FEBRUARY 25, 2018 —
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Was legendary gold-and-turquoise city of Quivira on the Oregon Coast?

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Column No. 484 - February 25, 2018
— JOSEPHINE COUNTY — COLUMN N° 485 — MARCH 4, 2018 —
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Convicted murderer faked a coma for almost two years

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— LINN COUNTY — COLUMN N° 486 — JANUARY 11, 2018 —
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Albany changed its mind about murder of girl’s stalker

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

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

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— DESCHUTES & LANE COUNTIES — COLUMN N° 489 — MARCH 4, 2018 —
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Murderers wandered valley, desperately suborning perjury

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— COLUMBIA RIVER BAR — COLUMN N° 490 — MARCH 4, 2018 —
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Deadly shipwreck was luckiest break of injured sailor’s life

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