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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;
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—January 1, 2021 — Column N° 593 (21-01) — #1940s #1950s

Running from FBI? Hide out in Oregon!

#WashingtonCounty #ClatsopCounty #FBIMostWanted #Outlaws #KEX #CowboyJimWilliams #KenVanKampen #GangBusters #Fugitives
— February 1, 2021 — Column N° 594 (21-02) — #1910s

Drunk looting party at shipwreck scene

#CoosCounty #Marshfield #NorthBend #SalvageRights #SantaClara #Steamship #Prohibition #Fatal #Looters #Pirates #WhiskeyGalore
— March 1, 2021 — Column N° 595 (21-03) — #1930s

Oregonians involved in ‘trunk murders’

#Phoenix #AnnieLeRoi #SammySamuelson #DrWilliamJudd #WinnieRuthJudd #Opium #LoveTriangle #Railroads #Unsolved #Dismembered
— April 1, 2021 — Column No. 596 (21-04) — #1890s #1920s #1930s

Frankie (‘Frankie & Johnny’) hid in PDX

#MultnomahCounty #FrankieBaker #Ragtime #Bordellos #Jazz #Music #PianoProfessors #AllenBritt #NellieBly #MaeWest #Murder
— May 1, 2021 — Column No. 597 (21-05) — #1900s #1910s

Ore. town had its own ‘Bad Leroy Brown’

#ClackamasCounty #FreeColdwell #JimCroce #BarFighter #Boring #Bluto #TommyBurns #NoahBrusso #WorldChampion #TownBully #Boxing
— June 1, 2021 — Column No. 598 (21-06) — #1970s

Shipwreck gold piqued FBI's interest

#LincolnCounty #Waldport #Newport #USCG #Sailboat #Yacht #Rescue #Gold #Shipwreck #ThomasMcAdams #PortOrford #Hypothermia #Heroes
— July 1, 2021 — Column No. 599 (21-07) — #1920s #1930s #1940s #1950s

Stewart Holbrook, spirit of ’50s Oregon

#MidCentury #Logging #Literature #PopHistory #Writer #Character #Vermont #RiverPig #MrOtis #JamesBlaine #Mackinaw #Mercury #Hols
— August 1, 2021 — Column No. 600 (21-08) — #1920s

Portland slasher murder still unsolved

#MultnomahCounty #HarryAgee #LouiseAgee #GrimWidow #Razor #Throat #Burglary #Ozarks #CagedTigress #Trombone #LoveTriangle #PantingVixen
— September 1, 2021 — Column No. 601 (21-09) — #1910s #1920s

World-record chicken sparked fowl feud

#BentonCounty #Corvallis #OSU #CottageGroveLeader #LadyMacDuff #Hens #EggLaying #Racism #Eugenics #BigChicken #JamesDryden #PoultryShows
— October 1, 2021 — Column No. 602 (21-10) — #1890s #1920s

Astoria rich in legends of lost treasure

#ClatsopCounty #AstoriaColumn #CoxcombHill #Goonies #Pirate #Loot #Gold #FlavelHouse #ColumbiaRiverBar #Marine #GeorgeFlavel #HatchetHarry
— January 1, 2020 — Column N° 581 (20-01) — #1850s #1860s #1870s

AC Edmunds’ friends needed no enemy

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #TemperanceCrusaders #Suffrage #Unitarian #Abolitionist #Unions #WTPL #WCTU #VotersBookOfRemembrance
— February 1, 2020 — Column N° 582 (20-02) — #1930s

Great Sea Serpent of the Columbia Bar

#ClatsopCounty #ColossalClaude #Cryptids #Rose #Lightship #Viv #Argo #SeaMonster #Plesiosaurids #ColumbiaRiverBar #Bigfoot #DevilsChurn
— March 1, 2020 — Column N° 583 (20-03) — #1860s #1870s #1880s

A legendary prospector & his ‘lost gold’

#JacksonCounty #EdSchieffelin #Tombstone #GoldMiner #LostCabinGold #LostRedBlanketMine #StewartHolbrook #TreasureMap #BuriedTreasure
— April 1, 2020 — Column N° 584 (20-04) — #1860s

Hogg’s war record: Highway robbery

#LincolnCounty #TEdgentonHogg #CivilWar #Confederate #NewGranada #CunningPlan #Railroad #Jailbird #Yaquina #Pirates #Privateers #Alcatraz
— May 1, 2020 — Column N° 585 (20-05) — #1850s #1890s

Oregon's craziest ‘lost cabin gold’ story

#JacksonCounty #SamSimpson #RogueIndians #ShastaIndians #Ghost #Skeletons #BuriedTreasure #Poetry #OregonNativeSonMagazine
— June 1, 2020 — Column N° 586 (20-06) — #1920s

Dynamite murderer into sexy lingerie

#DouglasCounty #Roseburg #Brumfield #DennisRussell #CarFire #Corpse #SilkPanties #NormanWhitney #Suicide #Suspicious #Convicted
— July 1, 2020 — Column N° 587 (20-07) — #1970s

Smuggler’s stinginess got him busted

#CoosCounty #DrugSmuggling #Steamship #DUKW #BeachBill #LARC-V #NewRiver #StormRanch #Heart #Biggest #DrugBust #Cannabis
— August 1, 2020 — Column N° 588 (20-08) — #1920s #1930s #1950s

Janky Mt. Hood cable car was terrifying

#ClackamasCounty #HoodRiverCounty#TimberlineLodge #USFS #Skyscraper #Aerial #Tramway #CloudCapInn #Skiway #MazamaClub #FlyingBuses
— September 1, 2020 — Column N° 589 (20-09) — #1890s #1900s #1910s

Boss shanghaier became stock swindler

#GoldfieldNevada #LarrySullivan #GeorgeGrahamRice #GrantBros #Gambling #HorseRacing #Shanghaiing #Gans #Nelson #GoldMines #Boxing
— October 1, 2020 — Column N° 590 (20-10) — #1890s #1900s

Ain’t no party like a shanghaiing party

#ClatsopCounty #Astoria #Portland #LarrySullivan #AquillaErnestClark #BuncoKelley #Shanghaied #Riverboat #Party #Astoria #Hookers #Waterfront
— November 1, 2020 — Column N° 591 (20-11) — #1890s

SCOTUS: Slavery OK but only for sailors

#ClatsopCounty #ArgoFour #Union #SupremeCourt #13thAmendment #SeamensUnion #RobertsonVsBaldwin SeamensAct #Constitution #Astoria
— December 1, 2020 — Column N° 592 (20-12) — #1870s

Rabbi got in a gunfight at POTUS’s hotel

#MultnomahCounty #RutherfordBHayes #BethIsrael #Reform #Orthodox #Jews #Minhag #Ashkenazi #Synagogue #MosesMay #IsaacMayerWise
— January 6, 2019 — Column N° 529 (1901a) — #1960s

Filming of ‘worst Western’ spectacular

#LaneCounty #LakeCounty #Eugene #Movies #TheWayWest #McKenzie #FortRock #CrookedRiverBob #Jaycees #Hollywood #HeavensGate
— January 13, 2019 — Column N° 530 (1901b) — #1880s #1890s #1900s

Shorty Davis: Oregon’s oldest cold case?

#CrookCounty #Prineville #Sheepshooters #RangeWar #UnsolvedMystery #Murder #MissingPerson #LeonidasDouris #LandTheft #Vigilantes
— January 20, 2019 — Column N° 531 (1901c) — #1850s #1860s

Uncle Joab, West's most famous pastor

#LinnCounty #MarionCounty #Salem #Crabtree #ProvidencePioneerChurch #Baptist #CircuitRiders #JoabPowell #TentRevivals #Legislature
— January 27, 2019 — Column N° 532 (1901d) — #1850s #1860s

Sinful pols found Uncle Joab too blunt

#LinnCounty #MarionCounty #Salem #Capitol #Legislature #Firsts #Saloons #Vice #Senate #VictorTrevitt #CircuitRiders #Vaudeville #JoabPowell
— February 3, 2019 — Column N° 533 (1902a) — #1870s

Portland’s Temperance War: Backstory

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #Victorians #WCTU #SalvationArmy #SaloonCulture #Alcohol #Suffrage #Evangelism #Churches #Women
— February 10, 2019 — Column N° 534 (1902b) — #1870s

Crazy barman vs. anti-liquor crusaders

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #Liquor #Gambling #Prostitution #Crusade #Temperance #Pickets #WalterMoffett #WebfootSaloon #Bulletin #Sin
— February 17, 2019 — Column N° 535 (1902c) — #1870s

Riot resulted in arrests, but not rioters’

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #WomensTemperancePrayerLeague #Riots #JamesLappeus #FrancesFullerVictor #Mob #PortlandPolice #Arrested
— February 23, 2019 — Column N° 536 (1902d) — #1870s

Preachiness killed temperance crusade

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #StreetBattle #Jail #Police #Corruption #CityHall #AbigailScottDuniway #ACEdmunds #DirtyTricks #Syphilis
— March 3, 2019 — Column N° 537 (1903a) — #1920s #1930s #1940s

The colorful life of an old country doc

#TillamookCounty #Garibaldi #DrHuckleberry #Floods #Hearses #HouseCalls #HudsonCars #Pneumonia #Tobacco #Ambulances #DrRobertBoles
— March 10, 2019 — Column N° 538 (1903b) — #1890s

Shyster’s land-theft plan: Shanghaiing

#ClatsopCounty #Astoria #DariusNorris #Browning #Murder #PoliceChief #Corruption #CityHall #Lawyers #Jail #LarrySullivan #BloodMoney #Crimps
— March 17, 2019 — Column N° 539 (1903c) — #1880s

A long-distance view to a shanghaiing

#ClatsopCounty #Astoria #Crimps #GrantBros #CarrollBeebe #Sailors #Boardinghouse #BloodMoney #Shanghaiers #Corruption #Swindlers
— March 23, 2019 — Column N° 540 (1903d) — #1910s

Mayor lost re-election bid — to his wife

#UmatillaCounty #LauraStarcher #CityHall #ProgressiveEra #Suffrage #PetticoatGovernment #Surprise #Underdog #Cleanup #SmallTown
— March 31, 2019 — Column N° 541 (1903e) — #1880s

Prepaid shanghaiing plot ended fatally

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #Waterfront #JimTurk #FrederickKalashua #Racism #Crimps #Sailors #Carpenter #Boardinghouse #Opium #Overdose
— April 7, 2019 — Column N° 542 (1904a) — #1930s

Trapper's play for skunk pelt went bad

#TillamookCounty #DrHuckleberry #Garibaldi #Loggers #Trappers #Snoose #SideHustles #Bootleggers #Moonshine #BearAttacks #Tobacco #Stills
— April 14, 2019 — Column N° 543 (1904b) — #1920s #1930s #1940s

Old-time loggers were tough, stoic guys

#TillamookCounty #DrHuckleberry #Garibaldi #Sawmill #Amputations #WorkplaceInjuries #Dynamite #BackToWork #MissingFingers #Medicine
— April 21, 2019 — Column N° 544 (1904c) — #1920s

Missing trapper’s mom feared foul play

#DeschutesCounty #LavaLakes #MothersIntuition #MissingPersons #USMC #Loggers #CharlesHydeKimzey #RayVanBurenJackson #Murder #ColdCase
— April 28, 2019 — Column N° 545 (1904d) — #1920s

Lava Lake murders still unsolved, but ...

#DeschutesCounty #LavaLakes #CharlesHydeKimzey #Ambush #Carjacking #LastChanceRanch #Trappers #Cabin #Conviction #ColdCase
— May 5, 2019 — Column N° 546 (1905a) — #1890s

Captain doubled down on bad bet, lost

#LincolnCounty #Offshore #TillicumBeach #SailingShips #Fatal #Shipwrecks #Waldport #Lifestation #Racing #Atalanta #FullRigger #Windjammer
— May 12, 2019 — Column N° 547 (1905b) — #1880s

Cowardice of ‘lifesaver’ cost 11 lives

#CoosCounty #CapeArago #USCG #Lifestation #Fatal #Shipwreck #SSTacoma #Desmond #DoryFishermen #Rescue #CoosBay #ChandlerBWatson
— May 19, 2019 — Column N° 548 (1905c) — #1910s

‘Diamond Bill’ was ‘Heiress Whisperer’

#WashingtonCounty #Hillsboro #JaneAusten #GeorgeWickham #Gamblers #Rake #Hustler #AliceDrexel #SidiWirtSpreckels #MissingPearls #GoldDigger
— May 26, 2019 — Column N° 549 (1905d) — #1890s #1900s #1910s

‘Shanghai tunnels’ mostly myth, but...

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #Waterfront #Folklore #MichaelJones #NorthEnd #TransitBank #Hobos #Opium #Prohibition #PortlandSeawall #OldTown
— June 2, 2019 — Column N° 550 (1906a) — #1900s

Champion by day, shanghaier by night

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #Waterfront #MysteriousBillySmith #Crimps #LarrySullivan #VoterFraud #ShanghaiWhite #GrantBros #Prizefighters
— June 9, 2019 — Column N° 551 (1906b) — #1900s

State protected boss shanghaier’s racket

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #Waterfront #LarrySullivan #MysteriousBilly #WhiteBros #GrantBros #Crimps #Capitol #Corrruption #Boxers
— June 16, 2019 — Column N° 552 (1906c) — #1900s

Bungling try by shanghaiers ended era

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #Waterfront #MysteriousBillySmith #Crimps #JostBros #JumboRiley #BuncoKelley #ShanghaiWhite #Boxers
— June 23, 2019 — Column N° 553 (1906d) — #1890s

Giant house party stopped Legislature

#MarionCounty #Salem #HoldUpSession #JonathanBourne #JohnMitchell #Hipple #EldridgeBlock #FreeSilver #WilliamUren #Corruption #Vice
— June 30, 2019 — Column N° 554 (1906e) — #1860s #1870s

Rebel refugees changed Oregon life

#MarionCounty #Salem #CivilWar #Confederate #Missouri #Slavery #Supermajority #SouthernDemocrats #14thAmendment #Williams #Corbett
— July 7, 2019 — Column N° 555 (1907a) — #1900s

A banana peel changed Oregon history

#MarionCounty #Salem #OswaldWest #HarryLane #Governor #BeachBill #LandFraud #Democrats #ProgressiveEra #Reformers #Election #Politics
— July 14, 2019 — Column N° 556 (1907b) — #15thCentury

Was Bridge of the Gods a real thing? Yes

#WascoCounty #UndergroundRiver #EdgarRiceBurroughs #Indians #Legends #Folklore #Landslide #ColumbiaRiverGorge #CascadeLocks #NaturalBridge
— July 21, 2019 — Column N° 557 (1907c) — #1920s

‘Lobster trap for bootleggers’ worked

#TillamookCounty #DrHuckleberry #Garibaldi #Movies #Hollywood #Fake #Prohibition #OnLocation #LawEnforcement #Lighthouse #Oceanside
— July 28, 2019 — Column N° 558 (1907d) — #1860s

Chasing a rumor, they missed big strike

#GrantCounty #PrairieCity #Prospectors #Aldred #GoldRush #Bannocks #Cayuse #GoldMining #Auburn #PrairieDiggingsMine #DecomposedQuartz
— August 4, 2019 — Column N° 559 (1908a) — #1860s #1870s

Plot to seize mines with troops stopped

#WashingtonDC #GoldMines #Confederates #CivilWar #MiningClaims #Prospectors #Capitol #GoldRush #Laws #MiningActOf1872 #Suffrage
— August 11, 2019 — Column N° 560 (1908b) — #1920s #1930s

‘Miner 29ers’ survived by panning gold

#SouthernOregon #GoldMines #MiningClaims #Prospectors #Depression #Unemployment #OffTheGrid #CabinLife #BankHoliday #KerbyJackson
— August 18, 2019 — Column N° 561 (1908c) — #1850s #1860s

College president started a gunfight

#LaneCounty #Eugene #ColumbiaCollege #UniversityOfOregon #JoaquinMiller #CivilWar #Slavery #Confederates #Arson #PacificHerald #Kincaid
— August 25, 2019 — Column N° 562 (1908d) — #1940s #1950s

Haystack Rock target for bad climbers

#ClatsopCounty #CannonBeach #Helicopters #Rescue #DeadBabyBirds #RockClimbing #Dynamite #OregonIslandsWildlifeSanctuary #BirdNests
— September 1, 2019 — Column N° 563 (1909a) — #20thCentury

Dory fleet launches in teeth of breakers

#TillamookCounty #PacificCity #LeeShore #GrandBanks #CapeKiwanda #PortOrford #ChiefKiawandaRock #PacificCityDorymensAssociation
September 8, 2019 — Column N° 564 (1909b) — #1890s #1900s #1910s

Horse racing, race fixing once red hot

#MalheurCounty #JordanValley #Bookies #Thoroughbreds #CayusePony #Hookers #HomerDavenport #Gamblers #Cartoonists #Bettors #Wagers
September 15, 2019 — Column N° 565 (1909c) — #1830s #1840s #1850s

Ore. lit started with ‘confession’ book

#MarionCounty #FrenchPrairie #MargaretJewettBailey #RuthRover #First #Journalist #Novelist #JasonLee #BadReputation #Willson #Methodists
— September 22, 2019 — Column N° 566 (1909d) — #1830s #1840s #1850s

Ore.'s first novel a torrid page-turner

#MarionCounty #FrenchPrairie #MargaretJewettBailey #RuthRover #Notorious #BadGirls #StormyPetrel #Divorcee #Authoress #PioneeringWomen
— September 29, 2019 — Column N° 567 (1909e) — #1870s #1880s

The Brigid O'Shaughnessy of P-town

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #FemmeFatale #CarrieBradley #Hookers #Bordellos #Murder #CourtOfDeath #ChiefLappeus #BadGirls #NorthEnd
— October 6, 2019 — Column N° 568 (1910a) — #1880s

Brigid’s goons bad at corpse disposal

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #CarrieBradley #Brothels #ConcreteShoes #Murder #Chloroform #DeadBody #BrassKnuckles #Opium #Trial
— October 13, 2019 — Column N° 569 (1910b) —#1890s #1940s

Battleship Oregon ‘lost’ at Pearl Harbor

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #Waterfront #SpanishAmericanWar #Bulldog #GreatWhiteFleet #PreDreadnought #MuseumShip #Scrap #WorldWarII
October 20, 2019 — Column N° 570 (1910c) — #1850s #1860s #1870s

Frontier law rough, not always ready

#TillamookCounty #PolkCounty #WashingtonTerritory #DumbCrooks #Jailbreak #Yeggs #Safecrackers #CriminalJustice #Vigilantes
— October 27, 2019 — Column N° 571 (1910d) — #1850s

Murder convict saved by wife’s arrival

#BentonCounty #Marysville #Corvallis #NimrodOKelley #Corvallis #HomesteadAct #Murder #Gunfight #SupremeCourt #GovernorPardons
— November 3, 2019 — Column N° 572 (1911a) — #1840s

Skill, stoutness saved Peacock sailors

#ClatsopCounty #ColumbiaRiverBar #USN #PeacockSpit #SailingShip #ManOfWar #Shipwreck #CapeDisappointment #Rescue
November 10, 2019 — Column N° 573 (1911b) — #1860s #1870s #1880s

Old P-town mayors were drama queens

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #Vaughan #Lappeus #McCormick #Hoyt #Rosenheim #Simon #Thompson #Bettors #Gambling #Corruption #CityHall
— November 17, 2019 — Column N° 574 (1911c) — #1880s #1890s

P-town mayor caught paying to play

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #CityHall #Corruption #Bribery #Chapman #Besser #Lappeus #Pennoyer #BullRun #Williams #Starvation #Cult
November 24, 2019 — Column N° 575 (1911d) — #1940s #1950s #1960s

Lee, Schrunk set tone for MCM Portland

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #Mayors #Corruption #CityHall #Lane #ProgressiveEra #Vice #Reform #FirstWoman #Teamsters #Elkins
— December 1, 2019 — Column N° 576 (1912a) — #1870s #1880s

How the rubes were hustled at the fair

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #WashingtonCounty #Tichner #OswaldWest #Cigars #Havana #PPD #CountyFair #PatentMedicine #Gamblers #Swindle
— December 8, 2019 — Column N° 577 (1912b) — #1850s

Theft of widow’s home too much for jury

#BentonCounty #SoapCreekValley #Corvallis #Slavery #LetitiaCarson #Homestead #GreenberrySmith #Lawsuit #FirstBlack #Rustlers #Williams
— December 15, 2019 — Column N° 578 (1912c) — #1850s #1860s

Dr. Weed was Oregon's first woman doc

#MarionCounty #Salem #FirstWoman #Hydropathy #WaterCure #Lecturer #Reformer #HygienicMedicine #Homeopathy #Allopaths #Vegetarians
— December 22, 2019 — Column N° 579 (1912d) — #1900s #1910s

First boat motors made on West Coast

#ClatsopCounty #Astoria #Fishboats #ColumbiaRiverBar #GasolineEngines #Gillnetters #UnionGasEngineCo #Salmon #Cannery #Bowpickers
— December 29, 2019 — Column N° 580 (1912e) — #1890s #1900s #1910s

The Willamette River steamboat era

#ClackamasCounty #OregonCity #Grahamona #YellowStackLine #Altona #Oregona #Sternwheelers #Flood #PassengerService #Hops #Canemah
— January 7, 2018 — Column N° 477 (1801a) — #1940s

Plane crash ‘decapitated’ state gov't

#LakeCounty #BuddyHolly #Beechcraft #Bonanza #EarlSnell #RobertFarrell #MarshallCornett #CliffHogue #Vtail #KlamathFalls #Olex #Arlington
— January 14, 2018 — Column N° 478 (1801b) — #1940s

Journal's copter crash hit P-town hard

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #planeCrash #fatal #changedHistory #PDX #BadLuck #journalism #Bell #PortlandJournal #SamJackson #Helicopter
— January 21, 2018 — Column N° 479 (1801c) — #1840s

Davy Crockett in Ore.? Only in legend

#OregonTerritory #DimeNovels #PulpFiction #Almanacs #AndrewJackson #TallTales #VerneBright #Canada #Alamo #FiftyFourFortyOrFight #Legends
— January 28, 2018 — Column N° 480 (1801d) —#1880s

Joe Drake: Murderer, or scapegoat?

#MarionCounty #Salem #JosephDrake #JudicialLynching #Injustice #Shame #RailroadJob #First #Hanging #Race #WronglyAccused #WilliamHenry #Black
— February, 2018 — Column N° 481 (1802) — #1960s

Huge jumbo jet landed at tiny airport

#MultnomahCounty #Troutdale #JumboJet #DC8 #UnitedAirLines #Oops #PlaneCrash #LuckyBreak #PDX #Bonehead
— February, 2018 — Column N° 482 (1802) —#1940s

Tillamook Guerillas ready to battle

#TillamookCounty #NationalGuard #Militia WorldWarII #HomeDefense #Volunteers #Vigilantes #Maverick #Civilians #BeachPatrol #DIY
— February, 2018 — Column N° 483 (1802) — #1880s

Death may have stopped tong war

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #Chinatown #Race #DimeNovels #Pulp #Mob #Chinese #Hanging #CheeGong #CultureClash #JudicialLynching #Injustice
— February, 2018 — Column N° 484 (1802) — #16thCentury #1880s

Was legendary Quivira on Ore. coast?

#CurryCounty #PortOrford #FlorasLake #Cortez #LostCity #Coronado #Gold #Conquistadors #Spanish #Explorers #SirFrancisDrake #WarCrimes #Myths
— March 4, 2018 — Column N° 485 (1803a) — #1880s

Murderer faked coma nearly 2 years

#JosephineCounty #Kerby #CharlesFiester #DomesticAbuse #InsanityPlea #Jealousy #Hanging #Execution #UnwrittenLaw #BadLove #Catatonic
— March 11, 2018 — Column N° 486 (1803b) — #1880s

‘Murder’ victim was creepy stalker

#Albany #LinnCounty #MattieAllison #CharlesCampbell #WirtSaunders #Shooting #YellowJournalism #LynchMob #NotGuilty #BadLove #Rape
— March 18, 2018 — Column N° 487 (1803c) — #1890s #1900s

Anarchist paper shut down for ‘smut’

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Firebrand #FreeLove #ComstockLaws #Communists #FreeSpeech #Depression #Populism #Journalism #Marxists
— March 25, 2018 — Column N° 488 (1803d) — #1900s #1910s

Baker's theatre defined P-town culture

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Rascals #NationallyFamous #ShowBiz #Culture #Vaudeville #Stage #Repertory #Saloons #Hollywood #Plays
— April 1, 2018 — Column N° 489 (1804a) — #1890s

Murderers roamed, desperate for alibi

#McKenzieValley #DeschutesCounty #LaneCounty #DumbCrooks #Bonfire #Crackpot #Hanging #Execution #Rustling #Marriage #Horses #Perjury
— April 8, 2018 — Column N° 490 (1804b) — #1890s

Shipwreck was a lucky break for sailor

#ColumbiaRiverBar #ClatsopCounty #WilliamBegg #Fatal #Shipwreck #Weather #LuckyBreak #Rescue #CRB #AbandonShip #LoveStory #Salvage
— April 15, 2018 — Column N° 491 (1804c) — #1900s

Killers stole from the wrong landlady

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Murderers #Mugging #DumbCrooks #Hanging #Dalton #Wade #Boardinghouse #Saloon #Reward #Jail #Crime #Shooting
— April 22, 2018 — Column N° 492 (1804d) —

Flooded ship sailed through hurricane

#Offshore #TillamookCounty #ClatsopCounty #LumberSchooner #Fatality #Weather #Shipwreck #Rescue #BadLuck #CoastGuard #SteamSchooner
— April 29, 2018 — Column N° 493 (1804e) — #1900s

Unwritten Law didn't cover in-laws

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #AlfredLesterBelding #BadLove #Wifebeater #Shooting #UnwrittenLaw #Saloons #Gunfight #BadParent #Rake #Hanging
— May 6, 2018 — Column N° 494 (1805a) —

Deadwood Dick pulps set in Oregon

#Roseburg #DouglasCounty
— May 13, 2018 — Column N° 495 (1805b) —

Frontier Romeo and Juliet, with a twist

#Haines #HarneyCounty
— May 20, 2018 — Column N° 496 (1805c) —

Her treason: Not lending cash to gov't

#Portland #MultnomahCounty
— May 27, 2018 — Column N° 497 (1805d) —

UO founder Deady earlier opposed it

#Eugene #LaneCounty #UofO #LuckyBreak #University #College #MatthewDeady
— June 3, 2018 — Column N° 498 (1806a) —

Fake trial ended in illegal execution

#Canyon City #GrantCounty #Vigilante #Outlaw #Murder #LynchMob #PerryMason #PaintYourWagon #Hanging #Execution #Illegal
— June 10, 2018 — Column N° 499 (1806b) —

‘America's Worst Nest of Anarchists’

#Portland #MultnomahCounty
— June 17, 2018 — Column N° 500 (1806c) —

Duniway considered herself a novelist

#Portland #MultnomahCounty
— June 24, 2018 — Column N° 501 (1806d) —

Oregon was JFK's make-or-break state

#Statewide #Catholics #Democrats #Politics #Capitol #WayneMorse #JackOhman #POTUS #Campaigns #Kennedys
— July 1, 2018 — Column N° 502 (1807a) —

Locals called BS on Cali UFO stories

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— July 8, 2018 — Column N° 503 (1807b) —

Flying saucers started in Pendleton

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— July 15, 2018 — Column N° 504 (1807c) —

McMinnville UFO photos still debated

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— July 22, 2018 — Column N° 505 (1807d) —

Beeswax Wreck mystery is solved

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— July 29, 2018 — Column N° 506 (1807e) —

Girl ended family feud with shotgun

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— August 5, 2018 — Column N° 507 (1808a) —

The great Christmas Valley land hustle

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— August 12, 2018 — Column N° 508 (1808b) —

‘Temporary insanity’ failed her

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— August 19, 2018 — Column N° 509 (1808c) —

Hero rumrunners sent to jail anyway

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— August 26, 2018 — Column N° 510 (1808d) —

Activist blocked forced sterilizations

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— September 2, 2018 — Column N° 511 (1809a) —

1st portable chainsaw invented in Ore.

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— September 9, 2018 — Column N° 512 (1809b) —

Bugs in stump inspired chainsaw

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— September 16, 2018 — Column N° 513 (1809c) —

Bootleggers' bad luck made locals' day

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— September 23, 2018 — Column N° 514 (1809d) —

Bootleggers' midnight jailbreak a bust

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— September 30, 2018 — Column N° 515 (1809e) —

No jury agreement? In Ore., no prob

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— October 7, 2018 — Column N° 516 (1810a) —

Linn Co.'s bloodiest holiday season?

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— October 14, 2018 — Column N° 517 (1810b) —

Dead doc's ID stolen by serial swindler

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— October 21, 2018 — Column N° 518 (1810c) —

Stubborn citizen got Bottle Bill passed

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— October 28, 2018 — Column N° 519 (1810d) —

P-town-The Dalles rivalry cost a mint

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— November 4, 2018 — Column N° 520 (1811a) —

Ore.'s lost crystal cave: Just a legend?

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— November 11, 2018 — Column N° 521 (1811b) —

Model T engines are bad plane motors

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— November 19, 2018 — Column N° 522 (1811c) —

Edwards made Oregon sheep country

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— November 25, 2018 — Column N° 523 (1811d) —

Dynamite murder was a love triangle

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— December 2, 2018 — Column N° 524 (1812a) —

Courthouse squabble wasted $3.1 mil

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— December 9, 2018 — Column N° 525 (1812b) —

Dry town's sting on saloon was a flop

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— December 16, 2018 — Column N° 526 (1812c) —

Ore.'s own patent-medicine sensation?

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— December 23, 2018 — Column N° 527 (1812d) —

Two P-town boys' shipwreck adventure

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— December 30, 2018 — Column N° 528 (1812e) —

Joe Knowles was ‘Bear Grylls of 1910s’

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— January 1, 2017— Column N° 424 (1701a) — #1920s

Big train robbery an incompetent mess

#SiskiyouPass #JosephineCounty #JacksonCounty #Murder #Dynamite #Fail #DumbCrooks #Outlaw #Robbery #Manhunt #Railroad #BadLuck
— January 8, 2017— Column N° 425 (1701b) — #1920s

Bungled train heist solved in ‘CSI’ style

##SiskiyouPass #JosephineCounty #JacksonCounty #Murder #Dynamite #Fail #Forensics #CSI #Detective #Cops #DeAutremont #Wobblies #LaborStrife
— January 15, 2017— Column N° 426 (1701c) — #1840s

Alkali lakes once great inland seas

#LakeCounty #OregonTrail #Geography #LakeChewacan #LakeAbert #GooseLake
— January 22, 2017— Column N° 427 (1701d) — #1840s #1860s

Quest for legendary mine led to riches

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— January 29, 2017— Column N° 428 (1701e) — #1980s

The legend of the Polybius videogame

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— February 5, 2017— Column N° 429 (1702a) — #1840s

Failed Ore. farmer started Gold Rush

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— February 12, 2017— Column N° 430 (1702b) — #1890s

Newburg orphan grew up to be POTUS

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— February 19, 2017— Column N° 431 (1702c) — #1910s

Ex-Oregonian saved millions of lives

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— February 26, 2017— Column N° 432 (1702d) — #1910s

How A.C. Gilbert saved Christmas

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— March 5, 2017— Column N° 433 (1703a) — #1860s #1870s #1880s

Pirate, Jailbird, Hustler, Tycoon ...

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— March 12, 2017— Column N° 434 (1703b) — #1570s

Did Sir Francis Drake visit Oregon?

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— March 19, 2017— Column N° 435 (1703c) — #1900s #1910s

A souvenir of the age of shanghaiing

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— March 26, 2017— Column N° 436 (1703d) — #1890s #1900s #1910s

Erector Set inventor was unusual man

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— April 2, 2017— Column N° 437 (1704a) — #1930s

Shakespeare Festival KO'd boxing event

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— April 9, 2017— Column N° 438 (1704b) — #1880s

Lighthouse built 18 days too late

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— April 16, 2017— Column N° 439 (1704c) — #1860s #1890s

When P-town floods, raise sidewalks

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— April 23, 2017— Column N° 440 (1704d) — #1930s

Bonus Army of ’32 started in P-town

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— April 30, 2017— Column N° 441 (1704e) — #1900s #1910s

Cottage Grove's revenge was savage

#Eugene #LaneCounty #CunningPlan #Payback #Revenge #BallotMeasure #UofO #Underdog #NesmithCounty #CultureClash #DouglasCounty
— May 7, 2017— Column N° 442 (1705a) — #1940s

AWS saw few enemies, but saved friends

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— May 14, 2017— Column N° 443 (1705b) — #1850s #1890s

Mt. Hood: It's still an active volcano!

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— May 21, 2017— Column N° 444 (1705c) — #1940s

Cold snap sank a steamship

#PortlandHarbor #MultnomahCounty #Steamer #Crack #ExtremeWeather #WW2 #Shipwreck #IceSkating #CottageGrove
— May 28, 2017— Column N° 445 (1705d) — #1880s #1890s #1900s

Soapy's first soap swindle was in Ore.

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— June 4, 2017— Column N° 446 (1706a) — #1890s

Gov. Geer a bike commuting pioneer

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— June 11, 2017— Column N° 447 (1706b) — #1860s

Cape Foulweather Light on wrong spot

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— June 18, 2017— Column N° 448 (1706c) — #1850s

Pro-tip: Cows make lousy boat engines

#Corvallis #BentonCounty #Canemah #Riverboat #Sternwheeler #Oxen #Marine #Willamette #Irony #Fail
— June 25, 2017— Column N° 449 (1706d) — #1910s #1920s #1930s

Mona Bell was a Wild West ‘bearcat’

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— July 3, 2017— Column N° 450 (1707a) — #1810s

Marie Dorian, wilderness survival ninja

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— July 10, 2017— Column N° 451 (1707b) — #1810s

Astorians shouldn't have followed river

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— July 17, 2017— Column N° 452 (1707c) — #1810s

How Marie became ‘Oregon's Revenant’

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— July 23, 2017— Column N° 453 (1707d) — #1830s

Naturalist lost his specimens to boozer

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— July 30, 2017— Column N° 454 (1707e) — #1890s #1900s #1910s

Schemes to exploit Multnomah Falls

#ColumbiaRiverGorge #Corbett #MultnomahCounty #CunningPlan #MiningLaw #Sawmill #ConArtist #CultureWars #WorldFamous #Fail
— August 6, 2017— Column N° 455 (1708a) — #1910s

Gov.'s secretary imposed martial law

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— August 13, 2017— Column N° 456 (1708b) — #1960s

State schemed to run 101 on a beach

#PacificCity #TillamookCounty #NestuccaSpit #BobStraub #GlennJackson #OregonCoast #Scenic #CultureWars #Underdog #Highway #Vogons
— August 20, 2017— Column N° 457 (1708c) — #1920s

Daredevil Al, Evel Knievel of the '20s

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— August 27, 2017— Column N° 458 (1708d) — #1860s

Murder more complex than it seemed

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— September 3, 2017— Column N° 459 (1709a) — #1870s #1890s #1940s

Nonexistent ghost saved a lighthouse

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— September 10, 2017— Column N° 460 (1709b) — #1840s #1850s

Grand Ronde like used-oxen dealership

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— September 17, 2017— Column N° 461 (1709c) — #1960s #1970s

Pixieland, Ore.'s cultural Rosetta Stone

#LincolnCounty #MidCentury #Commercialism #FranzBread #TimberCulture #LittleToot #AmusementParks #RoadsideAttractions #WeirdTourist #Otis
— September 24, 2017— Column N° 462 (1709d) — #1880s

Pro-tip: Murdering bro-in-law is illegal

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— October 1, 2017— Column N° 463 (1710a) — #1890s #1900s

Beached ship had to ‘sail’ thru woods

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— October 8, 2017— Column N° 464 (1710b) — #1870s

Oregon's ‘Int'l Murderer o' Mystery’

#TheDalles #WascoCounty #BadGuys #Outlaw #Murderer #Revenge #Hanging #Execution #Mystery #Bullshitter
— October 15, 2017— Column N° 465 (1710c) — #1920s #1930s

Lakeside resort was a fave in Hollywood

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— October 22, 2017— Column N° 466 (1710d) —#1880s

Lafayette ax murder was super sordid

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— October 29, 2017— Column N° 467 (1710e) — #1970s #1980s #1990s

State aggressiveness cost Yachats beach

#Yachats #LaneCounty #ShortSands #ParksDepartment #804trail #Irony #UnintendedConsequence #BeachAccess #OffbeatOregonOriginStory #BadIdea
— November 5, 2017— Column N° 468 (1711a) — #1880s

O'Neil: Murderer, or innocent patsy?

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— November 12, 2017— Column N° 469 (1711b) — #1980s

Grenade blast ended Crater Lake chase

#CraterLake #KlamathCounty #Terrorism #Dynamite #Outlaw #Gunfight #Fatal #Explosion #Mystery #Theft #Fatal #Cops #Pursuit
— November 19, 2017— Column N° 470 (1711c) — #1890s

Neighbors' gunfight ended with 4 dead

#PineValley #UnionCounty #BakerCounty #Murder #Vigilante #Hanging #Execution #Porter #Mache #Outlaw #Gunfight
— November 26, 2017— Column N° 471 (1711d) — #1950s

PDX-bound plane blown for insurance

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— December 3, 2017— Column N° 472 (1712a) — #1950s

Hawaii-bound flight ditched in open sea

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— December 10, 2017— Column N° 473 (1712b) — #1960s #1970s

K-Falls airport had unusually bad luck

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— December 17, 2017— Column N° 474 (1712c) — #1960s

Oregon's worst plane crash mystifies

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— December 24, 2017— Column N° 475 (1712d) — #1970s

Lessons from crash still saving lives

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— December 31, 2017— Column N° 476 (1712e) — #1930s

Fatal crashes made 1933 a rough year

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— January 3, 2016 — Column N° 372 (1601a) — #1930s

Gov.'s goons fought dirty, but dumb

##Salem #MarionCounty #USArmy #General #Fascism #HistoryChanged #War #Racism #Black #FreeSpeech #LaborStrife #Progressivism #BadCops
— January 10, 2016 — Column N° 373 (1601b) — #1910s

‘Jitney Wars’: Little guys vs. monopoly

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— January 17, 2016 — Column N° 374 (1601c) — #1870s

Bone Wars touched Ore., but barely

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— January 24, 2016 — Column N° 375 (1601d) — #1940s

Buying The Bomber was crazy adventure

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— January 31, 2016 — Column N° 376 (1601e) — #1920s

Captain refused to leave shipwreck

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— February 7, 2016 — Column N° 377 (1602a) — #1900s

Schooner crew raced with firery death

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— February 14, 2016 — Column N° 378 (1602b) — #1910s

Benton County lad ‘Nicola Tesla of Ore.’

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— February 21, 2016 — Column N° 379 (1602c) — #1920s

Could metal steam airship work?

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— February 28, 2016 — Column N° 380 (1602d) — #1910s

Oregon lad a founding father of USSR

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— March 6, 2016 — Column N° 381 (1603a) — #1870s #1880s #1890s

The Rev. Wells' Wild Ride

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— March 13, 2016 — Column N° 382 (1603b) — #1850s #1860s #1870s

Shanghaiing up a flock for the Lord

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— March 20, 2016 — Column N° 383 (1603c) — #1880s

A Longshoreman's Funeral

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— March 27, 2016 — Column N° 384 (1603d) — #1860s

Vaudeville Susie's Riot

#Corvallis #BentonCounty #WallaWalla #CivilWar #Shootout #Fatal #Stage #UnintendedConsequences #Confederates #CultureClash
— April 3, 2016 — Column N° 385 (1604a) — #1880s #1890s #1900s

Great women of Oregon history

#Progressivism #LargerThanLife #FirstestMostest #HistoryChanged #Underdog #Misunderstood #FirstWoman #MaryLeonard #BetheniaOwens #FrancisVictor
— April 10, 2016 — Column N° 386 (1604b) — #1900s

Ore. woman was first female governor

#Salem #MarionCounty #FirstestMostest #Progressivism #CarolynShelton #CarrieShelton #LolaBaldwin #CharleyParkhurst
— April 17, 2016 — Column N° 387 (1604c) — #1840s #1850s

How to not die of dysentery on Trail

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— April 24, 2016 — Column N° 388 (1604d) — #1870s #1880s #1890s

Frontier Ore. medical swindlers

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— May 1, 2016 — Column N° 389 (1605a) — #1910s

Oregon's first fake-Viagara scammer

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— May 8, 2016 — Column N° 390 (1605b) — #1930s

The Jackson County Rebellion

#Medford #JacksonCounty #LlewellynBanks #Vigilantes #Populism #Mob #Corruption #Sedition #BadCops #GoodCops #Charismatic #Politicians
— May 15, 2016 — Column N° 391 (1605c) — #1930s

Rise of Llewellyn Banks, demagogue

#Medford #JacksonCounty #LlewellynBanks #Burglary #Journalism #Pulitzer #MedfordMailTribune #CultureClash #GreatDepression #Gunfight #Murder
— May 22, 2016 — Column N° 392 (1605d) — #1930s

Populist leader planned guerilla fight

#Medford #JacksonCounty #LlewellynBanks #CopKiller #Election #Theft #VoterFraud #MAGA #Revolt #Autocrat #Fail #Prison #Convict
— May 29, 2016 — Column N° 393 (1605e) — #1900s #1910s

‘Queen of Fakirs’ swindled railroads

#Albany #LinnCounty #MaudMyrtleJohnson #ConArtists #Vaudeville #Mystery #ChildAbuse #Railroad #Underdog #Insurance #Fake #Injury
— June 5, 2016 — Column N° 394 (1606a) — #1970s

Heaven's Gate cult started in Waldport

#Waldport #LincolnCounty #Cults #UFOs #Charismatic #XTheories #Fatal #StarTrek #Comet #Spaceship #Mystery #Hubris #Fail
— June 12, 2016 — Column N° 395 (1606b) —#1940s

Catastrophic shipwreck a lucky break

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— June 19, 2016 — Column N° 396 (1606c) — #1940s

Cold snap broke ship in half at pier

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— June 26, 2016 — Column N° 397 (1606d) —#1940s

Wartime murder ended in railroad job

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— July 3, 2016 — Column N° 398 (1607a) — #1940s

Likely murderer became star witness

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— July 10, 2016 — Column N° 399 (1607b) — #1940s

Whose motive to frame innocent man?

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— July 17, 2016 — Column N° 400 (1607c) — #1890s #1900s

SCOTUS declared slavery OK for sailors

#Astoria #ClatsopCounty #SailingShip #Arago #AragoFour #Irony #Marine #Constitution #Shanghaiing #Injustice #InvoluntaryServitude #Sailors
— July 24, 2016 — Column N° 401 (1607d) — #1950s #1960d

His cheatin' heart killed the Journal

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Shotgun #Shooting #Political #Journalism #BadTiming #LaborStrife #Conspiracy #Oregonian #OregonJournal #BadLove
— July 31, 2016 — Column N° 402 (1607e) — #1960s

Truck bombing doomed union's strike

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Explosion #Dynamite #LaborStrife #Newspaper #BadIdea #Journalism #SiNewhouse #MariaJackson #Theft #ConArtists
— August 7, 2016 — Column N° 403 (1608a) —#1940s

Christmas Ship needed Rudolph's help

#Warrenton #ClatsopCounty #Shipwreck #Beach #WW2 #Irony #Marine #Fail #BadTiming #MaunaAla #Steamship #ColumbiaRiver #Lightship
— August 14, 2016 — Column N° 404 (1608b) — #1970s

The great exploding whale incident

#Florence #LaneCounty #CunningPlan #Fail #Dynamite #Explosion #Journalism #WorldFamous #Irony #UnintendedConsequences #BadIdea
— August 21, 2016 — Column N° 405 (1608c) — #1940s

Japan's balloon bombs terrified coast

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— August 28, 2016 — Column N° 406 (1608d) — #1850s #1860s #1870s

Graveyard of Pacific not easily tamed

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— September 4, 2016 — Column N° 407 (1609a) — #1930s #1940s

A dam, crafty politics, and the Nazis

#Bonneville #MultnomahCounty #ColumbiaGorge #HistoryChanged #War #WhatIf #CharlesMartin #FDR #WW2 #BPA #Aluminum #Politicians
— September 11, 2016 — Column N° 408 (1609b) — #1880s #1890s #1900s

Fish wheels a legacy of salmon era

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— September 18, 2016 — Column N° 409 (1609c) — #1870s #1880s #1890s

Newsman saved Crater Lake for a park

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— September 25, 2016 — Column N° 410 (1609d) — #1880s

Feud ended with ‘masked assassins’

#Linkville #KlamathFalls #KlamathCounty #LakeCounty #Murder #LynchMob #Vigilante #Outlaw #Unsolved #ColdCase #Revenge #Graveyard #Fatal
— October 2, 2016 — Column N° 411 (1610a) — #1930s

Ore. has been home since 12,000 BC

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— October 9, 2016 — Column N° 412 (1610b) — #1850s #1860s

One Eyed Charley's amazing secret

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— October 16, 2016 — Column N° 413 (1610c) — #1960s

Andy Warhol punk'd two Ore. colleges

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— October 23, 2016 — Column N° 414 (1610d) — #1920s

Bootlegger returned car soaked in blood

#Portland #Albany #LinnCounty #MultnomahCounty #Murder #Revenge #Prohibition #BadTiming #Robbery #RoadTrip #Mystery #Moonshine
— October 30, 2016 — Column N° 415 (1610e) — #1880s

Father of Ore. geology's graffiti in cave

#Eugene #LaneCounty #ThomasCondon #Fossils #Geology #OregonCaves #BoneWars #Geography #Professor
— November 6, 2016 — Column N° 416 (1611a) — #1850s

In 1850s Jacksonville bank ‘robbed’ you

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— November 13, 2016 — Column N° 417 (1611b) — #1900s #1910s #1920s

Bayocean was swallowed up by the sea

#TillamookCounty #Bayocean #Steamship #Jetty #UnintendedConsequence #NowGone #Beach #Marine #Fail #BadIdea #Promoters #Hubris #Fail
— November 20, 2016 — Column N° 418 (1611c) — #1930s #1950s #1980s

Once soggiest Ore. town, Valsetz gone

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— November 27, 2016 — Column N° 419 (1611d) — #1920s

Bring preacher on liquor raid? Bad idea

#Plainview #Albany #LinnCounty #Temperance #LiquorRaid #Murder #Revenge #Bootlegging #Still #Cops #BadTiming #Fatal #Prohibition
— December 4, 2016 — Column N° 420 (1612a) — #1690s

Is beeswax ship a sunken treasure ship?

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— December 11, 2016 — Column N° 421 (1612b) — #1910s #1920s

Rise and fall of Ore. Electric Railway

#WillametteValley #Railroad #CunningPlan #BadTiming #UnluckyBreak #Amtrak #Ruins
— December 18, 2016 — Column N° 422 (1612c) — #1940s

How Oregon, Kaiser helped save UK

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— December 25, 2016 — Column N° 423 (1612d) — #1890s #1900s

Oregon System was U'Ren's baby

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— January 4, 2015 — Column N° 320 (1501a) — #1900s

Train clerk's silence foiled robber

#Saginaw #Eugene #TrainRobbery #LaneCounty #Unsolved #ColdCase #Dynamite #Outlaw #Shooting #Fail #SurpriseUpset #Underdog #ExpressCar
— January 11, 2015 — Column N° 321 (1501b) — #1880s #1890s #1900s

Dynamite used to be far more common

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— January 18, 2015 — Column N° 322 (1501c) — #1890s #1900s #1910s

How to rob trains: Tips from the Pros

#Satire #CrackpotSchemes #Dynamite #Robbery #Jailbreak #Punkd #Railroad #Comedy #BlackieDuQuesne #Infomercial
— January 25, 2015 — Column N° 323 (1501d) — #1890s #1900s #1910s

Oregon crooks loved their dynamite

#DumbIdeas #Crackpot #Jailbreak #Explosions #Murder #Robbery #BadLove #Railroads #Dynamite #TrainRobbery #Outlaw
— February 1, 2015 — Column N° 324 (1502a) — #1860s

When rebel flag flew over Oregon soil

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— February 8, 2015 — Column N° 325 (1502b) — #1890s

Cow Creek robbers dynamite-happy

#Riddle #DouglasCounty #TrainRobbery #Explosions #Railroad #BaritoneBandit #Dynamite #Outlaw
— February 15, 2015 — Column N° 326 (1502c) — #1890s

Bandits robbed train near Roseburg

#Roseburg #DouglasCounty #TrainRobbery #Railroad #UnluckyBreak #Fail #Posse #Dynamite
— February 22, 2015 — Column N° 327 (1502d) — #1900s

Pence's plan: Flatten hills to fill lake

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— March 1, 2015 — Column N° 328 (1503a) — #1900s

Wrecked sailors rowed to Puget Sound

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— March 8, 2015 — Column N° 329 (1503b) — #1900s

Gold plan failed; lucky for Tarzan fans

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— March 15, 2015 — Column N° 330 (1503c) — #1940s

USCG ‘sand pounders’ kept coast secure

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— March 22, 2015 — Column N° 331 (1503d) — #1860s

Plotters hoped West Coast would secede

#Salem #MarionCounty #Sedition #Secession #Confederate #BadIdeas #CivilWar #Race #Slavery #Irony #UnintendedConsequences #Fail
— March 29, 2015 — Column N° 332 (1503e) — #1850s #1860s #1870s

Frances Fuller Victor started with pulps

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— April 4, 2015 — Column N° 333 (1504a) — #1870s #1880s #1890s

‘Mother of Ore. History’ no lucrative gig

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— April 12, 2015 — Column N° 334 (1504b) — #1840s

Sailors miraculously saved on the bar

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— April 19, 2015 — Column N° 335 (1504c) — #1940s

Doolittle Raid came out of Pendleton

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— April 26, 2015 — Column N° 336 (1504d) — #1940s

Meet Oregon's Doolittle raiders

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— May 3, 2015 — Column N° 337 (1505a) — #1940s

Raiders made more history after war

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— May 10, 2015 — Column N° 338 (1505b) — #1850s

Ships shared double date with destiny

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— May 17, 2015 — Column N° 339 (1505c) — #1880s #1890s

Mt. Angel Abbey's colorful founder

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— May 24, 2015 — Column N° 340 (1505d) — #1960s

Tiny town had its jail stolen one night

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— May 31, 2015 — Column N° 341 (1505e) — #1950s

FBI wanted gangster was in Beaverton

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— June 7, 2015 — Column N° 342 (1506a) — #1940s #1950s

Sandy police chief executed for murder

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— June 14, 2015 — Column N° 343 (1506b) — #1890s #1900s

The ‘Ship of Romance and Death’

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— June 21, 2015 — Column N° 344 (1506c) — #1910s

S.S. Rosecrans was one unlucky ship

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— June 28, 2015 — Column N° 345 (1506d) — #1910s

Rosecrans rescue was dramatic success

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— July 5, 2015 — Column N° 346 (1507a) — #1930s

Tempest caught riverboat at worst time

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— July 12, 2015 — Column N° 347 (1507b) — #1890s

Stage robber was Joaquin Miller's son

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— July 19, 2015 — Column N° 348 (1507c) — #1950s

Uranium craze was the new Gold Rush

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— July 26, 2015 — Column N° 349 (1507d) — #1840s

Skipper's fear of desertion spelled doom

#CannonBeach #ClatsopCounty #ColumbiaRiverBar #USNavy #Deserters #Sailors #Shipwreck #Irony #Marine #UnintendedConsequences #Fail
— August 2, 2015 — Column N° 350 (1508a) — #1840s

Navy's loss was Cannon Beach's gain

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— August 9, 2015 — Column N° 351 (1508b) — #1940s

Six picnickers fell victim to balloons

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— August 16, 2015 — Column N° 352 (1508c) — #1870s #1880s #1900s

A few got away from trouble on bar

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— August 23, 2015 — Column N° 353 (1508d) — #1890s #1900s #1910s

The Unwritten Law: License to Kill?

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— August 30, 2015 — Column N° 354 (1508e) — #1900s

Hailed as hero for murdering sister's ex

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— September 6, 2015 — Column N° 355 (1509a) — #1900s

Private manhunt approved by jury

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— September 13, 2015 — Column N° 356 (1509b) — #1900s

Cop's murder looked simple, but ...

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— September 20, 2015 — Column N° 357 (1509c) — #1900s

...clean-cut case turned sordid fast

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— September 27, 2015 — Column N° 358 (1509d) — #1900s

Sometimes Unwritten Law not all bad

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— October 4, 2015 — Column N° 359 (1510a) — #1900s

Murderer shocked when ‘Law’ fails him

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— October 11, 2015 — Column N° 360 (1510b) — #1860s #1890s #1900s

Two heroes, of two different Civil Wars

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— October 18, 2015 — Column N° 361 (1510c) — #1910s

Daring rescue made skipper a hero

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— October 25, 2015 — Column N° 362 (1510d) — #1940s

Lighthouse ghost greeted new keeper

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— November 1, 2015 — Column N° 363 (1511a) — #1870s

Tillamook Rock workers hard to hire

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— November 8, 2015 — Column N° 364 (1511b) — #1880s #1900s #1920s

Keeping T. Rock running was costly

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— November 15, 2015 — Column N° 365 (1511c) — #1850s #2000s #2010s

Monmouth: Last dry town in West

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— November 22, 2015 — Column N° 366 (1511d) — #1900s

Ione's all-night municipal gunfight

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— November 29, 2015 — Column N° 367 (1511e) — #1850s

Charity Lamb, Oregon ax-murderess

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— December 6, 2015 — Column N° 368 (1512a) — #1920s

Incompetence, strike led to shipwreck

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— December 13, 2015 — Column N° 369 (1512b) — #1880s #1890s #1900s

George Himes, Ore.'s ‘history hoarder’

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— December 20, 2015 — Column N° 370 (1512c) — #1930s

Gov. Martin, Ore.'s would-be dictator

#Salem #MarionCounty #USArmy #General #Fascism #HistoryChanged #War #Racism #Black #FreeSpeech #LaborStrife #Progressivism #BadCops
— December 27, 2015 — Column N° 371 (1512d) — #1930s

Martin tried to run state like Army base

##Salem #MarionCounty #USArmy #General #Fascism #HistoryChanged #War #Racism #Black #FreeSpeech #LaborStrife #Progressivism #BadCops
— January 5, 2014 — Column N° 268 (1401a) —

Newspaper burgled a candidate's home

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— January 12, 2014 — Column N° 269 (1401b) —

Portland's famous vaudeville mayor

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— January 19, 2014 — Column N° 270 (1401c) —

Oregon home of only working PT boat

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— January 26, 2014 — Column N° 271 (1401d) —

Gentleman by day, bandito by night

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— February 2, 2014 — Column N° 272 (1402a) —

Opium culture part of old Portland

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— February 9, 2014 — Column N° 273 (1402b) —

Rustler Hank Vaughan: In early years

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— February 16, 2014 — Column N° 274 (1402c) —

Hank Vaughan's prime rustling years

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— February 23, 2014 — Column N° 275 (1402d) —

Vaughan: The outlaw elder statesman

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— March 2, 2014 — Column N° 276 (1403a) —

After logger's murder, hooker vanished

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— March 9, 2014 — Column N° 277 (1403b) — #1860s

‘Oregon Boot’ made state notorious

#Salem #MarionCounty #Jailbreak #Cops #Prison #Invention #GardinerShackle #BallAndChain #OregonStatePenitentiary #Injury
— March 16, 2014 — Column N° 278 (1403c) —

Iconic movies shot in Oregon, Part 1

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— March 23, 2014 — Column N° 279 (1403d) —

Iconic movies shot in Oregon, Part 2

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— March 30, 2014 — Column N° 280 (1403e) —

Iconic movies shot in Oregon, Part 3

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— April 6, 2014 — Column N° 281 (1404a) —

Cayuse tribe's ponies world famous

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— April 13, 2014 — Column N° 282 (1404b) —

Beavercreek Bomber demanded $1 mil

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— April 20, 2014 — Column N° 283 (1404c) —

Bad ‘dehorn’ alcohol killed 28 hobos

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— April 27, 2014 — Column N° 284 (1404d) —

Japanese shipwrecks predate Columbus

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— May 4, 2014 — Column N° 285 (1405a) —

Entire crew mysteriously disappeared

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— May 11, 2014 — Column N° 286 (1405b) —

Moon Tree roots scorched in Ore. fire

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— May 18, 2014 — Column N° 287 (1405c) —

Pioneer Square as a ‘crystal palace’?

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— May 25, 2014 — Column N° 288 (1405d) —

Pirates defeated in Yaquina Oyster War

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— June 1, 2014 — Column N° 289 (1406a) —

Riot at PSU set up ‘governor's pot party’

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— June 8, 2014 — Column N° 290 (1406b) —

McCall: Vortex I may cost re-election

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— June 15, 2014 — Column N° 291 (1406c) —

Did Vortex I prevent P-town riots?

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— June 22, 2014 — Column N° 292 (1406d) —

Chinese doc a John Day city treasure

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— June 29, 2014 — Column N° 293 (1406e) —

Underwater lost cities of Oregon

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— July 6, 2014 — Column N° 294 (1407a) —

L. Ron Hubbard's submarine battle

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— July 13, 2014 — Column N° 295 (1407b) —

Bunco Kelley, king of the shanghaiers

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— July 20, 2014 — Column N° 296 (1407c) —

Bunco Kelley, Coyote of P-town myths

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— July 27, 2014 — Column N° 297 (1407d) —

Tillamook Burn: The origin story ...

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— August 3, 2014 — Column N° 298 (1408a) —

Burn blew up with shocking speed

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— August 10, 2014 — Column N° 299 (1408b) —

Memories of replanting Tillamook Burn

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— August 17, 2014 — Column N° 300 (1407c) — #1880s

Future Costa Rica admiral wrecked ship

#ColumbiaRiverBar #ClatsopCounty #Shipwreck #Marine #Fail #Hubris #SilverLining #SailingShip #Marine #Pilot
— August 24, 2014 — Column N° 301 (1408d) —

Massive war game covered central Ore.

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— August 31, 2014 — Column N° 302 (1408e) —

Stunt made Silas Christofferson famous

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— September 7, 2014 — Column N° 303 (1409a) —

Hookers ended bike craze in Portland

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— September 14, 2014 — Column N° 304 (1409b) —

‘Chief Bigfoot’ was elusive as Squatch

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— September 21, 2014 — Column N° 305 (1409c) —

Secret Native Prince dreamed of Japan

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— September 28, 2014 — Column N° 306 (1409d) —

Indian prince opened Japan to West

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— October 5, 2014 — Column N° 307 (1410a) —

Jefferson secession was publicity stunt

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— October 12, 2014 — Column N° 308 (1410b) —

PR wizard did secession like a movie

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— October 19, 2014 — Column N° 309 (1410c) — #1850s

Bonus offer resulted in shipwreck

#Astoria #ClatsopCounty #ColumbiaRiverBar #Shipwrecks #Fatal #Irony #UnintendedConsequences #Fail #DesdemonaSands #Sailors
— October 26, 2014 — Column N° 310 (1410d) —

Burkhart true father of Oregon aviation

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— November 2, 2014 — Column N° 311 (1411a) — #1930s

Tragedy of P-town's municipal whale

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Columbia #Orca #CultureClash #Nimrods #Marine #ShowBiz #UnintendedConsequences #Harpoon #Whaling
— November 9, 2014 — Column N° 312 (1411b) —

Nutty guv gave Oregon 2 thanksgivings

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— November 16, 2014 — Column N° 313 (1411c) —

Wreck of steamer is baffling mystery

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— November 23, 2014 — Column N° 314 (1411d) —

Oregon's official language: Chinook?

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— November 30, 2014 — Column N° 315 (1411e) — #1850s

A pioneer nurseryman and his sex cult

#HendersonLuelling #HarmonialBrotherhood #FreeLove #HygienicMedicine #CultureClash #Marine #Hubris #UnintendedConsequences
— December 7, 2014 — Column N° 316 (1412a) —

‘Harmonial’ colony was a disaster

#ConArtists #SailingShip #TigerIsland #Hydropathy #Sailors #TropicalDisease #Cult #FruitTrees #OregonTrail
— December 14, 2014 — Column N° 317 (1412b) — #1880s

Simpson made Coos Bay ship mecca

#NorthBend #CoosCounty #Marshfield #Lumber #TimberCulture #Marine #LargerThanLife #SailingShips #Boatbuilding #NowGone
— December 21, 2014 — Column N° 318 (1412c) — #1860s

Ore. senator almost became POTUS

#Salem #MarionCounty #JosephLane #Confederate #Conspiracy #Politicians #Sedition #CultureClash #Slavery #PacificRepublic #CunningPlan
— December 28, 2014 — Column N° 319 (1412d) —

‘Champagne Riot’ not what you think

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— January 6, 2013 — Column N° 216 (1301a) — #1890s #1900s

Larry Sullivan's shanghaiing syndicate

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Astoria #ClatsopCounty #Crimping #Liquor #Boxing #BadGuy #Politician #VoterFraud #Corruption #Shakedown #Marine
— January 13, 2013 — Column N° 217 (1301b) —

‘Ore. Wildcat’ America's 1st shock jock

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— January 20, 2013 — Column N° 218 (1301c) —

Allies flew planes made of Ore. spruce

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— January 27, 2013 — Column N° 219 (1301d) — #1910s

Wobblies got support of Ore. loggers

#TimberCountry #LumberCamps #LaborStrife #WageCuts #War #CultureClash #TimberCulture #SurpriseUpset #Underdog
— February 2, 2013 — Column N° 220 (1302a) — #1920s

Anti-Japanese riot broke out in Toledo

#Toledo #LincolnCounty #Vigilante #LynchMob #Riot #Racism #CultureClash #TimberCulture #Japanese #Fail #LaborStrife #CompanyTown #Spruce
— February 9, 2013 — Column N° 221 (1302b) —

Dark mystery surrounds Balch story

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— February 16, 2013 — Column N° 222 (1302c) —

Camp Castaway: Inconvenient miracle

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— February 24, 2013 — Column N° 223 (1302d) —

Shipwreck didn't have to be so deadly

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— March 3, 2013 — Column N° 224 (1303a) —

Anti-prostitution crusade fizzled badly

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— March 10, 2013 — Column N° 225 (1303b) —

Rabies epidemic was like a war

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— March 17, 2013 — Column N° 226 (1303c) —

Liner won race against fiery death

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— March 24, 2013 — Column N° 227 (1303d) — #1920s

Bridge scandal aroused P-town's fury

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Corruption #Swindle #KuKluxKlan #Irony #DumbCrooks #Hubris #Theft #Recall #Election
— March 31, 2013 — Column N° 228 (1303e) —

Union squabbles part of waterfront life

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— April 7, 2013 — Column N° 229 (1304a) —

Massive dock strike paralyzed P-town

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— April 14, 2013 — Column N° 230 (1304b) — #1920s

Rise of Ku Klux Klan pyramid scheme

#Sedition #Vigilante #Terrorist #Anonymous #Progressivism #DumbCrooks #ConArtist #CultureClash #Racism #Black #Chinese #Jewish #Catholic
— April 21, 2013 — Column N° 231 (1304c) — #1920s

How the KKK took over the state

#Sedition #Vigilante #Terrorist #Anonymous #Progressivism #DumbCrooks #ConArtist #CultureClash #Racism #Black #Chinese #Jewish #Catholic
— April 28, 2013 — Column N° 232 (1304d) — #1920s

Corruption and fall of the House of Klux

#Sedition #Vigilante #Terrorist #Anonymous #Progressivism #DumbCrooks #ConArtist #CultureClash #Racism #Black #Chinese #Jewish #Catholic
— May 5, 2013 — Column N° 233 (1305a) —

Did Zodiac Killer work in Oregon?

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— May 12, 2013 — Column N° 234 (1305b) —

The flying Samurai who attacked Ore.

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— May 19, 2013 — Column N° 235 (1305c) —

A town's friendship with onetime enemy

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— May 26, 2013 — Column N° 236 (1305d) — #1890s #1920s

Bank robber became VP of same bank

#Joseph #WallowaCounty #BankRobbery #Shooting #Outlaw #LynchMob #Heroes #DumbCrooks #Irony #Fail #Lucky #Underdog #Jail #Gunfight
— June 2, 2013 — Column N° 237 (1306a) — #1970s

DB Cooper took flight out of PDX

#PDX #Portland #MultnomahCounty #Columbia #Unsolved #ColdCase #Outlaw #Manhunt #CunningPlan #Dynamite #Skyjack #Robbery #Pirate #Journalism
— June 9, 2013 — Column N° 238 (1306b) — #1970s

DB Cooper: Getting away with loot

#PDX #Portland #MultnomahCounty #Columbia #Unsolved #ColdCase #Outlaw #Manhunt #CunningPlan #Dynamite #Skyjack #Robbery #Pirate #Journalism
— June 16, 2013 — Column N° 239 (1306c) — #1970s

DB Cooper: Searching for drop zone

#PDX #Portland #MultnomahCounty #Columbia #Unsolved #ColdCase #Outlaw #Manhunt #CunningPlan #Dynamite #Skyjack #Robbery #Pirate #Journalism
— June 23, 2013 — Column N° 240 (1306d) — #1970s

DB Cooper: The crazy theories

#PDX #Portland #MultnomahCounty #Columbia #Unsolved #ColdCase #Outlaw #Manhunt #CunningPlan #Dynamite #Skyjack #Robbery #Pirate #Journalism
— June 30, 2013 — Column N° 241 (1306e) — #1870s

Roseburg journalists got in a gunfight

#Roseburg #DouglasCounty #Shooting #Gunfight #Journalism #BudThompson #Confederate #Revenge #Vigilante #Plaindealer #Ensign #Politics
— July 7, 2013 — Column N° 242 (1307a) — #1890s

McCarty Gang: Bonanza + Unforgiven

#HarneyCounty #Shooting #BankRobbery #Outlaws #Family #Shootout #BadGuys #DumbCrooks #Fail #Cowboys #WildWest #Gang
— July 14, 2013 — Column N° 243 (1307b) — #1910s

Harry Lane, real Great War hero

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— July 21, 2013 — Column N° 244 (1307c) —

When steamboats exploded

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— July 28, 2013 — Column N° 245 (1307d) —

Racketeers battled over pinball

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— August 4, 2013 — Column N° 246 (1308a) —

Oregon's Prohibition adventures

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— August 11, 2013 — Column N° 247 (1308b) — #1850s

Oregon founders' race-exclusion clause

#OregonCity #ClackamasCounty #OregonTrail #Politicians #CultureClash #Racism #Black #Fail #LashLaw #Confederates #Slavery
— August 18, 2013 — Column N° 248 (1308c) —

Love triangle ended in murder, a kiss

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— August 25, 2013 — Column N° 249 (1308d) —

Shevlin, Ore.'s wandering timber town

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— September 1, 2013 — Column N° 250 (1309a) —

Valsetz Star and its 9-year-old editor

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— September 8, 2013 — Column N° 251 (1309b) —

Coxey's Army tried to ‘borrow’ a train

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— September 15, 2013 — Column N° 252 (1309c) — #1910s

Train robbery became shootout with law

#UnionCounty #Robbery #Shooting #Dynamite #Cops #DumbCrooks #Irony #Railroad #Fail #Unlucky #CarTheft
— September 22, 2013 — Column N° 253 (1309d) —

When ‘Dark Strangler’ prowled P-town

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— September 29, 2013 — Column N° 254 (1309e) —

Mysterious skeletons of Crater Lake

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— October 5, 2013 — Column N° 255 (1309a) —

Civil War ship came to inglorious end

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— October 13, 2013 — Column N° 256 (1309b) —

Pinto Colvig was voice of Goofy, Bluto

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— October 20, 2013 — Column N° 257 (1309c) —

Gangster and moll ‘taken for a ride’

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— October 27, 2013 — Column N° 258 (1309d) — #1880s

Vigilantes went too far murdering Hawk

#WallowaCounty #Murder #Vigilante #LynchMob #CultureClash #Rustlers #Cowboys #Feud #Livestock #OpenRange
— November 3, 2013 — Column N° 259 (1311a) —

Was ‘boneyard’ accident really murder?

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— November 10, 2013 — Column N° 260 (1311b) — #1900s

Bill Miner's disastrous train robbery

#MultnomahCounty #Portland #TrainRobbery #Shooting #Dynamite #Explosion #DumbCrooks #CultureClash #Irony #Railroad #Stagecoach #Fail #Unlucky
— November 17, 2013 — Column N° 261 (1311c) —

Riverboat caught in storm on open sea

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— November 24, 2013 — Column N° 262 (1311d) — #1840s

‘Blue Ruin’ inspired first Prohibition

#Champoeg #Portland #MultnomahCounty #Willamette #Smuggling #Cops #Bootlegging #Indians #CultureClash #Distillery #Temperance #First
— December 1, 2013 — Column N° 263 (1310a) —

Edouard Chambreau, frontier crook

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— December 8, 2013 — Column N° 264 (1310b) —

Chambreau's redemption

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— December 13, 2013 — Column N° 265 (1310c) —

Faro was a crooked gambler's dream

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— December 22, 2013 — Column N° 266 (1310d) —

Bad audio led FBI to investigate band

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— December 29, 2013 — Column N° 267 (1310e) —

Brides were stripped of citizenship

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— January 1, 2012 — Column N° 162 (1201a) —

World's first electric service was in Ore.

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— January 8, 2012 — Column N° 163 (1201b) —

Tangent city hall office cat was landlord

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— January 15, 2012 — Column N° 164 (1201c) —

USCG worst disaster started as routine

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— January 22, 2012 — Column N° 165 (1201d) —

USCG disaster cause: Bad boat design

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— January 29, 2012 — Column N° 166 (1201e) —

House party stopped Legislature

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— February 5, 2012 — Column N° 167 (1202a) —

Homesteader's plan to get land: Murder

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— February 12, 2012 — Column N° 168 (1202b) —

Fog turned reprimand into a medal

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— February 19, 2012 — Column N° 169 (1202c) — #1900s #1910s #1920s

Rafts of Oregon logs built San Diego

#Offshore #OregonCoast #ColumbiaRiver #Inventors #TimberCulture #Marine #Logging #FirstestMostest #SimonBenson
— February 26, 2012 — Column N° 170 (1202d) — #1890s

P-town's incompetent opium smugglers

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Smuggling #Corruption #DumbCrooks #Fail #Marine #Opium #Chinese #Bootleggers #Steamship #Hubris #Waterfront
— March 4, 2012 — Column N° 171 (1203a) —

Ship captain ‘fell into a lifeboat’

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— March 12, 2012 — Column N° 172 (1203b) — #1940s

Portland turned away Billie Holiday

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #WorldFamous #BadCops #Jazz #Racism #Promoters #ShowBiz #CultureClash #Black #Irony #Fail #Underdog
— March 19, 2012 — Column N° 173 (1203c) —

‘Ore. Outback,’ moonshiner's paradise

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— March 25, 2012 — Column N° 174 (1203d) — 1890s

In Astoria it was easy to get shanghaied

#Astoria #ClatsopCounty #Shanghaiing #Crimping #Irony #Marine #Fail #Waterfront #Surprise #Boxing #Preacher #Sailors #SailingShip
— April 1, 2012 — Column N° 175 (1204a) —

Wrecked sailor saved by being trapped

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— April 8, 2012 — Column N° 176 (1204b) — #1880s

Mass murderer honored in monument

#Enterprise #WallowaCounty #ChineseMassacreCove #Outlaw #Shootout #Fatal #CultureClash #Racism #Chinese #Mystery #Underdog #Pioneers
— April 15, 2012 — Column N° 177 (1204c) —

SCOTUS nomination scotched by wife

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— April 22, 2012 — Column N° 178 (1204d) — #1890s

Kate Williams and her starvation cult

#Portland #Multnomah County #Cult #Fatal #Progressives #Charismatic #Mystery #Prayer #Fasting #GeorgeWilliams #Mayor #FaithHealer
— April 29, 2012 — Column N° 179 (1204e) —

A giant skeleton and buried treasure?

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— May 6, 2012 — Column N° 180 (1205a) —

Boxcar Murder victim died shooting

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— May 13, 2012 — Column N° 181 (1205b) —

First woman lawyer faced murder rap

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— May 20, 2012 — Column N° 182 (1205c) —

Mary Leonard deserved a better legacy

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— May 27, 2012 — Column N° 183 (1205d) —

Mary Leonard: Legal Mother Teresa?

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— June 3, 2012 — Column N° 184 (1206a) —

Oregon almost lost public beaches

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— June 10, 2012 — Column N° 185 (1206b) —

What happened to S.S. South Coast?

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— June 17, 2012 — Column N° 186 (1206c) —

World's biggest log cabin burned up

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— June 24, 2012 — Column N° 187 (1206d) —

Real ‘most dangerous catch’ in 1880s

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— July 1, 2012 — Column N° 188 (1207a) — #1870s

Gambler became P-town police chief

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #BadCops #Blackleg #Faro #Outlaw #Corruption #Hookers #Liquor #Irony #Fail #UnintendedConsequnces #Saloon
— July 8, 2012 — Column N° 189 (1207b) —

Quest for lost mine led to Crater Lake

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— July 15, 2012 — Column N° 191 (1207c) —

‘Conjugal visit’ was really a jailbreak

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— July 22, 2012 — Column N° 192 (1207d) —

Safecrackers were the best jailbreakers

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— July 29, 2012 — Column N° 193 (1207e) —

Rusty hulk was Liberty Ship lifeboat

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— August 5, 2012 — Column N° 194 (1208a) —

Cottonwoods dance hall hosted greats

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— August 12, 2012 — Column N° 195 (1208b) — #1900s

When tainted milk was killing babies

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Corruption #Progressive #BadCops #Food #Journalism #Muckrakers #Underdog #Tuberculosis #Regulation
— August 19, 2012 — Column N° 196 (1208c) —

Astronaut left piece of Ore. on moon

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— August 26, 2012 — Column N° 197 (1208d) — #1960s

A scheme to steal the Peter Iredale

#Warrenton #ClatsopCounty #Shipwreck #NationallyFamous #Swindle #Theft #Fail #Irony #Marine #Salvage #CunningPlan
— September 2, 2012 — Column N° 198 (1209a) —

Reub Long could spin a tall tale

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— September 9, 2012 — Column N° 199 (1209b) — #1930s

Lotus Isle a surreal amusement park

#Portland #HaydenIsland #MultnomahCounty #Columbia #GhostTown #Fatal #CunningPlan #ShowBiz #Charismatic #Irony #Fail #Marathon #Tusko
— September 16, 2012 — Column N° 200 (1209c) —

Tusko, Oregon's most famous elephant

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— September 23, 2012 — Column N° 201 (1209d) —

Buck Rogers police boat didn't work out

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— September 30, 2012 — Column N° 202 (1209e) —

Auburn: Long-gone mining ghost town

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— October 7, 2012 — Column N° 203 (1210a) —

Deadly weather is rare in Oregon

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— October 14, 2012 — Column N° 204 (1210b) —

Mysterious skeletons of Oregon

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— October 21, 2012 — Column N° 205 (1210c) —

Guild's Lake once water wonderland

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— October 28, 2012 — Column N° 206 (1210d) — #1880s #1890s #1900s

Sen. Mitchell: Snidely Whiplash of Ore.

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #USSenate #Chasrismatic #Bigamist #Theft #Bribery #Corruption #Irony #Fugitive #FirstestMostest #Hipple #Criminal
— November 4, 2012 — Column N° 207 (1211a) —

Wall Streeter knew how to win B-ball bet

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— November 11, 2012 — Column N° 208 (1211b) —

Palacial Hotel Portland is long gone

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— November 18, 2012 — Column N° 209 (1211c) —

Asylum kitchen mix-up killed dozens

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— November 25, 2012 — Column N° 210 (1211d) — #1880s

When Vigilantes ruled in Prineville

#Prineville #CrookCounty #WascoCounty #Terrorism #Vigilante #Outlaw #LynchMob #Gunfight #BudThompson #Cattlemen #RangeWar #Corruption
— December 2, 2012 — Column N° 211 (1212a) — #1880s

The fall of the Prineville Vigilantes

#Prineville #CrookCounty #WascoCounty #Terrorism #Vigilante #Outlaw #LynchMob #Gunfight #BudThompson #Cattlemen #RangeWar #Corruption
— December 9, 2012 — Column N° 212 (1212b) —

Visit to P-town ended in prison

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— December 16, 2012 — Column N° 213 (1212c) — #1890s

Jim Turk, shanghaier millionaire

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Astoria #ClatsopCounty #Crimping #BadGuy #Shanghaiing #Liquor #Marine #Waterfront #Corruption #SpousalAbuse
— December 23, 2012 — Column N° 214 (1212d) — #1880s

Chemawa School a cultural treasure

#Salem #MarionCounty #Indian #Native #BoardingSchool #Progressive #Fail #CultureClash #UnintendedConsequences #Underdog #Misunderstood #Kids
— December 30, 2012 — Column N° 215 (1212e) — #1890s #1900s

Larry Sullivan, P-town boss shanghaier

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Astoria #ClatsopCounty #Crimping #Liquor #Boxing #BadGuy #Politician #VoterFraud #Corruption #Shakedown #Marine
— January 2, 2011 — Column N° 107 (1101a) —

Bobbie the Wonder Dog's journey home

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— January 9, 2011 — Column N° 108 (1101b) —

Brother Jonathan shipwreck a disaster

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— January 16, 2011 — Column N° 109 (1101c) —

Backcountry rich in tales of treasure

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— January 23, 2011 — Column N° 110 (1101d) —

Vanport houses floated like life rafts

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— January 30, 2011 — Column N° 111 (1101e) —

Japanese sub I-25 blasted into history

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— February 6, 2011 — Column N° 112 (1102a) —

Little remains of Wilhoit luxury spa

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— February 13, 2011 — Column N° 113 (1102b) —

Shipwrecked traders walked to La.

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— February 20, 2011 — Column N° 114 (1102c) —#1950s

Roseburg Blast looked like a nuke

#Explosion #Fatal #Dynamite #Heroes #BadTiming #Bravery #Famous #UnintendedConsequences #Fail #FireDepartment #Roseburg #DouglasCounty
— February 27, 2011 — Column N° 115 (1102d) — 1850s

Home-built schooner saved Tillamook

#TillamookCounty #First #BadTiming #Marine #ColumbiaRiverBar #MorningStar #DIY #CheeseFactory #Indians #Trading #SailingShip
— March 6, 2011 — Column N° 116 (1103a) —

Chinese smuggler saved woman, baby

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— March 13, 2011 — Column N° 117 (1103b) —

Did Buddhist monk ‘discover’ Oregon?

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— March 20, 2011 — Column N° 118 (1103c) —

Harney rancher saved aviator's life

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— March 27, 2011 — Column N° 119 (1103d1) —

Eugene woman first female VP nominee

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— March 27, 2011 — Column N° 120 (1103d2) —

Oregon had U.S.'s first female governor

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— April 3, 2011 — Column N° 121 (1104a) — #1900s

Burglars skunked on courthouse job

#Corvallis #BentonCounty #Burglary #Theft #Dynamite #DumbCrooks #BadIdeas #Explosion #Fail #Irony #Treasurer #Corruption #BadCops
— April 10, 2011 — Column N° 122 (1104b) —

Only sitting Senator KIA was Oregon's

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— April 17, 2011 — Column N° 123 (1104c) — #1910s

Bumbling pirates' scheme went badly

#Offshore #DouglasCounty #OregonCoast #Murder #Piracy #DumbCrooks #Liquor #Marine #Fail #UnintendedConsequences #Steamship #Gold
— April 27, 2011 — Column N° 124 (1104d) — #1910s

Booze swapped at Gallon House Bridge

#Silverton #MtAngel #MarionCounty #CoveredBridge #Bootlegger #Liquor #Progressive #Prohibition #Temperance #Catholic #Irony #Legal
— May 1, 2011 — Column N° 125 (1105a) —

Coast Guard rescued future gulag ship

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— May 8, 2011 — Column N° 126 (1105b) —

‘Hermit of Craggies’ loved prison food

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— May 15, 2011 — Column N° 127 (1105c) —

Schooner crew rescued by railroad train

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— May 22, 2011 — Column N° 128 (1105d) —

Blimps first line of defense against subs

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— May 29, 2011 — Column N° 129 (1105e) —

The real story of ‘nudist church’

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— June 5, 2011 — Column N° 130 (1106a) —

Holy Rollers ended in murder, madness

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— June 12, 2011 — Column N° 132 (1106b) —

Wrestler pinned by real-estate dream

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— June 19, 2011 — Column N° 133 (1106c) —

Joel Munson father of lifesaving service

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— June 26, 2011 — Column N° 134 (1106d) — #1850s

Gold-field bandits' loot still unclaimed

#JosephineCounty #SailorsDiggins #TriskettGang #Legends #LostGold #Treasure #Outlaws #Shooting #Murder #Posse #LynchMob #Vigilante
— July 3, 2011 — Column N° 135 (1107a) —

Was Glenesslin wreck insurance fraud?

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— July 10, 2011 — Column N° 136 (1107b) —

Hero of Silver Lake fire died saving lives

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— July 17, 2011 — Column N° 137 (1107c) — #1910s

Mariner's dream was spookily precise

#Offshore #Tillamook #Shipwreck #Fatal #BadIdea #CunningPlan #Marine #UnintendedConsequences #Hubris #Salvage #Fail #Superstition #Sailors
— July 24, 2011 — Column N° 138 (1107d) —

Sacagawea's son's story mostly mystery

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— July 31, 2011 — Column N° 139 (1107e) —

The day the drinks were on Gov. West

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— August 7, 2011 — Column N° 140 (1108a1) — #1840s

Astoria's ‘Nantucket of West’ plan sank

#Shipwreck #Rescue #ChangedHistory #Marine #Astoria #ClatsopCounty #ColumbiaRiverBar #Whaling #Fishing
— August 7, 2011 — Column N° 141 (1108a2) — #1960s

Space-age whalers hunted for NASA

#Hammond #Astoria #Clatsop #Marine #Aviation #Whaling #Fishing #CultureClash #Moonshot #WhaleOil #CunningPlan #MinkFarm
— August 14, 2011 — Column N° 142 (1108b) —

Klondike Kate a Central Ore. legend

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— August 21, 2011 — Column N° 143 (1108c) —

First US youth symphony from Burns

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— August 28, 2011 — Column N° 144 (1108d) —

Ship sailed through sand, relaunched

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— September 4, 2011 — Column N° 145 (1109a) —

Was Ray Jackson a serial killer?

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— September 11, 2011 — Column N° 146 (1109b) —

Central Oregon's ‘Angel of Death’

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— September 18, 2011 — Column N° 147 (1109c) —

Astoria man invented cable TV

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— September 25, 2011 — Column N° 148 (1109d) — #1910s

Oregon embraced Carnegie Libraries

#Statewide #Progressives #Philanthropy #Culture #Literature #Promoter #Structure #Kids #Books #Education
— October 3, 2011 — Column N° 149 (1110a) —

Aurora Colony, jewel of Utopianism

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— October 10, 2011 — Column N° 150 (1110b) —

Jemmy Jones, 19th-century Han Solo

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— October 17, 2011 — Column N° 151 (1110c) —

For Ame, Civil War didn't end bondage

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— October 24, 2011 — Column N° 152 (1110d) —

They laughed at his ugly boat, until...

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— October 31, 2011 — Column N° 153 (1110e) —

Steamboat monopoly's coup was error

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— November 7, 2011 — Column N° 154 (1111a) —

Captain's quick decision saved all

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— November 14, 2011 — Column N° 155 (1111b) —

Conde McCullough and Oregon bridges

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— November 21, 2011 — Column N° 156 (1111c) —

Black sheep of Army was last veteran

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— November 28, 2011 — Column N° 157 (1111d) —

Sammy Davis Jr. got break in P-town

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— December 4, 2011 — Column N° 158 (1112a) —

Missing gold suggests dirty work

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— December 11, 2011 — Column N° 159 (1112b) —

Port Orford Meteorite: Real, or hoax?

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— December 19, 2011 — Column N° 160 (1112c) —

Mel Blanc terror of his P-town school

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— December 25, 2011 — Column N° 161 (1112d) —

Dory fishermen rescued sailors

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— January 3, 2010 — Column N° 055 (1001a) — #1920s #1930s

Timberline could have been skyscraper

#GovernmentCamp #ClackamasCounty #CunningPlan #Promoters #Irony #Progressive #GoodRoads #WorldFamous #MazamaClub
— January 11, 2010 — Column N° 056 (1001b) —

Bing cherry has roots on Ore. Trail

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— January 18, 2010 — Column N° 057 (1001c) —

Biggest US meteorite found in West Linn

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— January 25, 2010 — Column N° 058 (1001d) —

The legend of the golden snuff can

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— January 31, 2010 — Column N° 059 (1001e) —

Underground city found in potholes

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— February 7, 2010 — Column N° 060 (1002a) —

For pioneer family, robbers lifesavers

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— February 14, 2010 — Column N° 061 (1002b) —

Bits of movie wreck still in Row River

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— February 21, 2010 — Column N° 062 (1002c) — #1870s

Rez land dispute lasted 101 years

#WarmSprings #WascoCounty #JeffersonCounty #BadFaith #Theft #Politicians #Indian #Race #Legal #Fail #Underdog #SurpriseUpset #Native #LandClaims
— February 28, 2010 — Column N° 063 (1002d) —

Oregon Vortex still keeps 'em guessing

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— March 7, 2010 — Column N° 064 (1003a) — #1850s

Lure of sea brought potatoes to Oregon

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #ColumbiaRiver #FortVancouver #Mariners #Astoria #ClatsopCounty #Horticulture #SailingShips
— March 14, 2010 — Column N° 065 (1003b) — #1900s #1910s

Mohawk Valley debated with dynamite

#PingYang #Marcola #LaneCounty #MohawkRiver #Dynamite #Explosion #Schoolhouse #Arson #MountainMan #Railroad #Race #Chinese
— March 21, 2010 — Column N° 066 (1003c) —

Old excursion train is now a bike path

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— March 28, 2010 — Column N° 067 (1003d) —

Is Oregon's crystal cave a myth? Well...

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— April 4, 2010 — Column N° 068 (1004a) —

Wolf Creek was Jack London's retreat

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— April 11, 2010 — Column N° 069 (1004b) —

Boiler Bay named for fiery shipwreck

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— April 18, 2010 — Column N° 070 (1004c) —

Flash flood was nation's deadliest

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— April 25, 2010 — Column N° 071 (1004d) —

Sprawling Camp Adair built in 6 months

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— May 2, 2010 — Column N° 072 (1005a) —

Oregon astronauts made history

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— May 9, 2010 — Column N° 073 (1005b) — #1980s

Rajneeshpuram: The backstory

#Antelope #WascoCounty #Corruption #Terrorism #Weird #BadFaith #Swindle #Cults #Conspiracy #ConArtist #Politicians #DumbCrooks #Charismatic
— May 16, 2010 — Column N° 074 (1005c) — #1980s

Rajneeshpuram: The rise

#Irony #Legal #Fail #Mystery #Hubris #Rajneesh #Bhagwan #RollsRoyce #SexGuru #India #Guru #Osho #Ashram #YouPeopleAreIgnorantBigots
— May 23, 2010 — Column N° 075 (1005d) — #1980s

Rajneeshpuram: The fall

#Sheela #TheDalles #SaladBar #Terrorism #Poison #Fugitive #NormaPaulus #Madras #Homeless #Fraud #BallotStuffing #LandDispute #LandUse
— May 30, 2010 — Column N° 076 (1005e) — #1980s

How dangerous was Rajneeshpuram?

#ShutUpSheela #Compound #Jonestown #Police #Immigration #Court #Theft #Fugitive #Deported #CultureClash
— June 6, 2010 — Column N° 077 (1006a) —

Preacher was too much for legislature

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— June 13, 2010 — Column N° 078 (1006b) —

D River holds a world record part-time

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— June 20, 2010 — Column N° 079 (1006c) — #1890s #1900s

P-town was ‘shanghai capital of world’

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Columbia #Shanghaiing #Crimping #Swindle #Theft #BadCops #ConArtist #Marine #Mystery #Folklore #Waterfront
— June 27, 2010 — Column N° 080 (1006d) —

Lewis & Clark left a ‘trail’ of laxatives

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— July 5, 2010 — Column N° 081 (1007a) —

Ore.'s first newspaper was handwritten

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— July 12, 2010 — Column N° 082 (1007b) — #1900s

Harry Tracy's bloody jailbreak

#Salem #MarionCounty #Murderer #Outlaw #Jail #Conspiracy #Mob #Posse #RoadTrip #Underdog #Mystery #Gunfighter #HoleInTheWall #Gang #Shootout
— July 19, 2010 — Column N° 083 (1007c) —

Wagon train was led by a dead man

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— July 26, 2010 — Column N° 084 (1007d) —

The floating bordello of old Portland

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— August 1, 2010 — Column N° 085 (1008a) —

Governor to US President: Drop dead

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— August 8, 2010 — Column N° 086 (1008b) —

Astorian ‘failure’ kept Oregon in US

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— August 15, 2010 — Column N° 087 (1008c) —

Ore. had West Coast's first female MD

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— August 22, 2010 — Column N° 088 (1008d) —

The legendary gold of Neahkahnie

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— August 29, 2010 — Column N° 089 (1008e) —

North Bend once minted wooden money

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— September 6, 2010 — Column N° 090 (1009a) — #1950s

Celilo Falls drowned by BPA dam

#CeliloVillage #WascoCounty #TheDalles #CultureClash #Race #Indian #Marine #Legal #Fail #Scenic #Lost #Columbia #Wild #Salmon #BadFaith
— September 13, 2010 — Column N° 091 (1009b) —

Knowles was Bear Grylls of his day

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— September 20, 2010 — Column N° 092 (1009c) — #1890s #1900s

Ore.'s range wars were hard on sheep

#Prineville #CrookCounty #GrantCounty #Vigilante #Outlaw #LynchMob #Murder #Shooting #Cattlemen #Sheepmen #Basque #Cowboy #PublicLand
— September 27, 2010 — Column N° 093 (1009d) —

Why Virgil Earp is buried in P-town

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— October 3, 2010 — Column N° 094 (1010a) —

Whitman sought to save souls, not land

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— October 10, 2010 — Column N° 095 (1010b) —

World's steepest street is in Ore. City

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— October 17, 2010 — Column N° 096 (1010c) — #1870s

Fossil Lake, Oregon's LaBrea Tar Pits

#LakeCounty #ChristmasValley #AncientHistory #Scenic #Prehistoric #BoneWars #Marsh #Cope #Condon
— October 24, 2010 — Column N° 097 (1010d) —

Family camped in Forest Park for years

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— November 1, 2010 — Column N° 098 (1011a) —

Bourne home of crazy mining swindle

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— November 8, 2010 — Column N° 099 (1011b) —

Blazers' fate hung on bathroom break

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— November 13, 2010 — Column N° 100 (1011c) —

Last geyser in NW is in Lakeview

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— November 22, 2010 — Column N° 101 (1011d) — #1930s

Bandon founder's shrub burned town

#Bandon #CoosCounty #Gorse #Invasive #OregonCoast #Irony #Fail #SilverLining #UnintendedConsequence #Wildfire #Fujita #Bombing
— November 29, 2010 — Column N° 102 (1011e) —

Beach was once Coast's only highway

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— December 5, 2010 — Column N° 103 (1012a) — #1870s

Temperance crusaders had bar fight

#Portland #MultnomahCounty #Riot #WronglyAccused #Sexism #Progressive #BadCops #Saloon #Legal #Fail #Underdog #Hubris #SurpriseUpset #Webfoot
— December 13, 2010 — Column N° 104 (1012b) — #1910s

Crown Point was US's first rest area

#Columbia #Highway #MultnomahCounty #Progressive #Artist #Promoter #RoadTrip #Scenic #GoodRoads
— December 20, 2010 — Column N° 105 (1012c) —

Depoe Bay is world's smallest harbor

#LincolnCounty #SpoutingHorn #Stormwatch #ShowBiz #Marine #NationallyFamous #WorldRecord #Tourism #OregonCoast
— December 27, 2010 — Column N° 106 (1012d) —

Heroism didn't save rumrunners

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— January 1, 2009 — Column N° 190 (1207sp) —

The heroic flight of Ore.'s Jim Wright

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— February 1, 2009 — Column N° 009 (H101) —

Art students got 'punk'd' by Warhol

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— February 11, 2009 — Column N° 010 (H102) —

Oregon Centennial: A statewide party

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— February 19, 2009 — Column N° 011 (H103) —

A pioneer scientist's graffiti in a cave

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— February 25, 2009 — Column N° 012 (H104) —

The Oregon town that fell into the sea

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— March 7, 2009 — Column N° 013 (H106) —

Valsetz was Oregon's soggiest town

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— March 18, 2009 — Column N° 014 (H107) —

‘Beeswax wreck’ is over 350 years old

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— March 22, 2009 — Column N° 015 (H009) —

Love Crater Lake? Thank Albany man

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— March 22, 2009 — Column N° 016 (H108) —

Rise and fall of Ore. Electric Railroad

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— April 6, 2009 — Column N° 018 (H110) —

DeAutremont Bros. were lousy robbers

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— April 12, 2009 — Column N° 019 (H111) —

This was the lake that wasn't, later was

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— April 19, 2009 — Column N° 020 (H112) —

Lost Blue Bucket Mine still not found

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— April 26, 2009 — Column N° 021 (H113) —

Oregon farmer started Cali Gold Rush

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— May 2, 2009 — Column N° 017 (H109) —

Liberty ships built faster than sunk

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— May 3, 2009 — Column N° 022 (H114) —

Prineville built its own city railroad

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— May 3, 2009 — Column N° 023 (H117) —

Herbert Hoover grew up in Oregon

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— May 5, 2009 — Column N° 024 (H105) —

Granite is an almost-ghost town

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— May 10, 2009 — Column N° 025 (H115) —

Ore. freeways were envy of the west

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— May 21, 2009 — Column N° 026 (H116) —

Oregon helped Hoover feed the starving

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— May 24, 2009 — Column N° 027 (H117) —

Swine Flu: Is it deja vu?

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— May 31, 2009 — Column N° 028 (H118) —

Mule powered railroad a desperate play

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— June 8, 2009 — Column N° 029 (H119) —

Did Sir Francis Drake stay in Oregon?

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— July 8, 2009 — Column N° 030 (H120) —

Ashland Shakespeare beat out boxing

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— July 10, 2009 — Column N° 031 (H026) —

Unexploded bomb rode in glovebox

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— July 22, 2009 — Column N° 032 (H121) —

Lighthouse built 3 weeks too late

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— July 27, 2009 — Column N° 033 (H025) —

Man paddled over Silver Falls and lived

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— August 2, 2009 — Column N° 035 (H128) —

Hank Vaughan's profitable ‘gunfight’

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— August 17, 2009 — Column N° 034 (H122) —

Portland man awoke during his wake

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— August 23, 2009 — Column N° 036 (0908a) —

Ghost stories haunt White Eagle tavern

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— August 24, 2009 — Column N° 037 (0908b) —

‘Graveyard of Ore. Trail’ said haunted

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— September 3, 2009 — Column N° 038 (H013) —

AWS saw no enemies, but saved friends

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— September 6, 2009 — Column N° 039 (0909a) —

Mt. Hood celebrated with fireworks

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— September 16, 2009 — Column N° 040 (H015) —

When P-town floods, folks raise walks

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— September 19, 2009 — Column N° 041 (0909d) —

Bonus Army started in P-town

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— September 23, 2009 — Column N° 042 (H016) —

Ice skating on Cottage Grove Lake?

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— September 30, 2009 — Column N° 043 (H012) —

The cow-powered riverboat experiment

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— October 1, 2009 — Column N° 044 (H019) —

Gov. Geer's long bicycle ride

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— October 6, 2009 — Column N° 045 (0910a) —

Wheelchair-accessible tidepools

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— October 21, 2009 — Column N° 046 (H021) —

Thwarted by a thirsty shipmate

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— October 29, 2009 — Column N° 047 (H022) —

Marie Dorion, wilderness survivalist

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— November 5, 2009 — Column N° 048 (H020) —

Martial law declared in mining town

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— November 8, 2009 — Column N° 049 (H023) —

Oregonians flocked to Cali gold fields

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— November 15, 2009 — Column N° 050 (0911a) —

BLM, Straub stopped bad beach plan

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— December 1, 2009 — Column N° 131 (0912a) —

Did Newport nearly surpass Portland?

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— December 6, 2009 — Column N° 052 (0912c) —

Pixieland an edgy amusement park

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— December 12, 2009 — Column N° 051 (0912b) —

Lightship ‘sailed’ across peninsula

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— December 21, 2009 — Column N° 053 (0912d) —

Grand Ronde Valley: Used-oxen shop

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— December 27, 2009 — Column N° 054 (0912e) —

Yaquina ghost story is fiction ... right?

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— October 19, 2008 — Column N° 001 (H001) —

Florence's famous exploding whale

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— October 26, 2008 — Column N° 002 (H002) —

Balloon bombs may have started fire

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— November 9, 2008 — Column N° 003 (H007) —

Did Bonneville Dam win WW2?

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— November 16, 2008 — Column N° 004 (H008) —

Fish wheels cleaned out salmon

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— November 23, 2008 — Column N° 005 (H010) —

14,000-year-old poop discovered

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— December 7, 2008 — Column N° 006 (H011) —

The secret of One-Eyed Charley

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— December 28, 2008 — Column N° 007 (H014) —

Jacksonville, where gold cheap as salt

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A modest collection of ...

Colorful characters
Crazy ‘tall tales’
Nutty newspaper stories
Oral history narratives
Witness statements

... and other primary-sources discoveries too fun to ignore!

WPA Writers Project Oregon Folklore Studies.

The WPA, as you probably know, was a New Deal agency created by the government of Franklin Roosevelt during the 1930s to combat the Great Depression. The idea was rather than lazily pumping money into the economy by bailing out failing banks and propping up businesses, to get something for it by putting the money in the hands of people who would spend every penny of it patronizing businesses and pumping up the economy. Whether it worked or not is for the political types to wrangle about, but I don’t mind telling you I approve of the philosophy, not least of all because it sure yielded some good Oregon History stuff — stories that would have disappeared entirely if they hadn’t.

Like these:

The ghost town of Ellendale, in Polk County

On the road with the circus in the 1890s

C.C. Beekman, 1800s Jacksonville banker

Stampedes, cowboy life in 1870s Lake County

 
 

Stewart Holbrook.

One of Oregon's most famous and influential raconteurs, author Stewart Holbrook wrote a tremendous number of articles, oral histories, and books about the old Oregon country. Holbrook can't always be trusted not to stretch the truth a bit to make a better story, but he is always lively, witty, and entertaining.

Bull-cooks: Forgotten logging-camp characters

Lumberjacks' Saturday night

Fire in the Bush

 
 
 

Pacific Monthly magazine.

Pacific Monthly was a literary journal published out of Portland from 1898 to 1911, when the Southern Pacific Railroad bought it out and merged it with its in-house promotional magazine, Sunset. They bought it for its literary credibility; the magazine had a fantastic reputation.
 
These are some of the articles published in it:

The Lost Ledge, by Laura Miller (Dec. 1898)

Over the Bar, by Lischen M. Miller (Oct. 1898)

Old Hankins' Roundup,
by Adonen (May 1899)

The Haunted Light at Newport-by-the-Sea,
by Lischen M. Miller (Aug. 1899)

 
 

Other sources.

Here are a few tidbits found along the way in miscellaneous places:

Oregon's most notorious jailbreak: A convict's-eye view

Inside dope on the Harry Tracy breakout, by a fellow inmate.

The Hermit of the Siskiyous, by Henry Laurenz

A story published in the Jan. 1887 issue of The West Shore magazine.