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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.

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!

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— 1966, LANE COUNTY — COLUMN N° 529 — JANUARY 6, 2019 —
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Filming of “worst Western” was an unforgettable spectacle

— 1900, CROOK COUNTY — COLUMN N° 530 — JANUARY 13, 2019 —
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Sheepman’s disappearance may be Oregon’s oldest cold case

— 1852, LINN COUNTY — COLUMN N° 531 — JANUARY 20, 2019 —
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“Uncle Joab” Powell was West’s most famous pioneer preacher

— 1859, MARION COUNTY — COLUMN N° 532 — JANUARY 27, 2019 —
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Plain-talking “Uncle Joab” too blunt for Legislature’s comfort

— 1874, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 533 — FEBRUARY 3, 2019 —
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Portland’s “Temperance War of 1874”: The backstory

— 1874, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 534 — FEBRUARY 10, 2019 —
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Stubborn saloonkeeper wouldn't play nice with crusading ladies

— 1874, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 535 — FEBRUARY 17, 2019 —
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Riot at saloon led to charges … but not against the rioters

— 1874, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 536 — FEBRUARY 23, 2019 —
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“Temperance Crusade” failed when leaders got too preachy

— 1920s, TILLAMOOK COUNTY — COLUMN N° 537 — MARCH 3, 2019 —
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Old-time country doctors led colorful and interesting lives

— 1892, CLATSOP COUNTY — COLUMN N° 538 — MARCH 10, 2019 —
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Shyster lawyer planned to steal man’s land by shanghaiing him

— 1886, CLATSOP COUNTY — COLUMN N° 539 — MARCH 17, 2019 —
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Letter from afar gave man's family a view to a shanghaiing

— 1916, UMATILLA COUNTY — COLUMN N° 540 — MARCH 25, 2019 —
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Umatilla mayor’s wife had an ‘election-day surprise’ for him

— 1886, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 541 — MARCH 25, 2019 —
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“Prepaid shanghaiing” plot went off the rails — fatally

— 1920s, TILLAMOOK COUNTY — COLUMN N° 542 — APRIL 7, 2019 —
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Skunk’s “beautiful pelt” woulda been best admired from afar

— 1930s, TILLAMOOK COUNTY — COLUMN N° 543 — APRIL 14, 2019 —
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Old-time loggers, millworkers were tough, stoic characters

— 1924, DESCHUTES COUNTY — COLUMN N° 544 — APRIL 21, 2019 —
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Trappers’ disappearance had relative suspecting foul play

— 1924, DESCHUTES COUNTY — COLUMN N° 545 — APRIL 28, 2019 —
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Lava Lake murders are still officially unsolved, but …

— 1898, OFF LINCOLN COUNTY — COLUMN N° 546 — MAY 5, 2019 —
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Ship captain doubled down on ill-considered wager … and lost

— 1883, COOS COUNTY — COLUMN N° 547 — MAY 12, 2019 —
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Life station keeper’s cowardice cost 11 sailors their lives

— 1912, WASHINGTON COUNTY — COLUMN N° 548 — MAY 19, 2019 —
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“Diamond Bill” Barrett was “The Heiress Whisperer”

— 1920s, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 549 — MAY 26, 2019 —
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Portland’s “Shanghai Tunnels”: Mostly myth, but not entirely

— 1903, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 550 — JUNE 2, 2019 —
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Billy Smith: World champion by day, shanghaier by night

— 1904, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 551 — JUNE 9, 2019 —
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Oregon tried to regulate crimps with monopoly for worst one

— 1907, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 552 — JUNE 16, 2019 —
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Bungling attempt by old crimps marked end of shanghaiing era

This column will go live on August 23, 2019.

— 1897, MARION COUNTY — COLUMN N° 553 — JUNE 23, 2019 —
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The “Hold-Up Session” of 1896-97 featured a giant house party

This column will go live on August 30, 2019.

— 1860s, MARION COUNTY — COLUMN N° 554 — JUNE 30, 2019 —
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Surge of confederate refugees made big changes in Oregon

This column will go live on September 6, 2019.

— 1924, MULTNOMAH COUNTY — COLUMN N° 555 — JULY 7, 2019 —
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How a banana peel changed the course of Oregon history

This column will go live on August 2, 2019.

— 1924, HOOD RIVER COUNTY — COLUMN N° 556 — JULY 14, 2019 —
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Was the Bridge of the Gods a real thing? Almost certainly, yes

This column will go live on August 2, 2019.

— 1924, TILLAMOOK COUNTY — COLUMN N° 557 — JULY 21, 2019 —
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“Lobster trap for bootleggers” was a huge but costly success

This column will go live on August 2, 2019.

— 1924, GRANT COUNTY — COLUMN N° 558 — JULY 28, 2019 —
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Chasing a rumor, prospectors turned backs on a fortune twice

This column will go live on August 2, 2019.

— 1924, DESCHUTES COUNTY — COLUMN N° 559 — AUGUST 4, 2019 —
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Mining law answered plan to seize gold mines with military

This column will go live on August 2, 2019.

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