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Oregon 1859: A Snapshot in Time Paperback – July 15, 2008

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"It is a treasure for the native-born Oregonian as well as the new arrival. It doesn't require a long presence in the state to become an Oregonian at heart."

Roseburg News-Review
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"It's a county-by-county look at what Oregon was like in 1859, after the mountain men tromped through it and the missionaries and Dr. John McLoughlin arrived and most of the Indians died of diseases the white men brought with them. it was still a wild place but getting more civilized by the minute."

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"[R]eaders will be impressed by the book’s numerous photographs and ... biographies of Oregon’s first American settlers."

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Oregon became the 33rd state in the Union on February 14, 1859. Portland had wooden sidewalks, and gold glittered in southern Oregon streams. Towns like Lookingglass, Needy, and Sodaville were springing up all around. It is a time to remember-and to revisit-today, 150 years later, with this detailed and lively guide. Janice Marschner provides all you need to travel through each of Oregon's 19 original counties at the moment of statehood: a map showing each county's 1859 place names and current reference points; the history of native peoples and settlers; early roads and bridges; the first homes, schools, stores, hotels, and churches; biographical sketches of notable individuals throughout the state; lists of family names from Applegate and Lovejoy to McLoughlin, Reed, and Zumwalt; and sites to see. Historical photographs show the determined faces of natives and settlers; their oxen and wagons on wide, rough roads; their rafts and ferries on the rivers; and their towns under development. An inspiring, closeup portrait at the moment of statehood, Oregon 1859 will light the way back for anyone who wants to see Oregon today as it was then.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; 1St Edition edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928730
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cal Leckington on September 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
Although born and raised in the beautiful State of Oregon, I found Janice Marschner's Oregon 1859 overflowing with interesting facts, rewarding stories, and tails of tragic events that filled our State's history up to Statehood in 1859. I found her historic accounts of the events, and the people of our early history both entertaining, and historically informative. What is absent in this book, is the tedious, verbose text, which makes most historical non-fiction's comparable to a massive dose of sleeping pills. County by county, the interesting people and significant events of the day evolve, and you become more intimate with the locations and structures you only thought you knew. Every Oregonian, especially those newly `minted', should read `Oregon 1859' to understand the rich heritage we have, and the struggles and sacrifices our forbearers made to settle this beautiful place we call Oregon.
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Oregon 1859 gives the reader a snapshot of Oregon during the year of 1859, the year Oregon became the 33 state. Photos from "Little Stumptown--Portland, to an overall view of the state, makes this book a gem. A brief history of the events leading up to statehood seem well-researched. The book is filled with vintage photos, sketches, and maps. The artistic layout is very reader friendly. Sanpshot in Time also contains and extensive bibliography and is indexed. One charming feature was the brief history of each county, featured blurb about several leading citizens, places to visit, and a sample listing of surnames of people who lived in the county. Great book for the history buff!
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An excellent book for anyone who would like to document what Oregon just prior to the Civil War. I'm currently doing research for a novel, much is which is set in Oregon just prior to the Civil War, and found this book invaluable for that purpose. Particularly useful is the documentation about what cities and roads existed as of 1859.

The book didn't mention Sir Francis Drake's presence in Lincoln County in 1579 and didn't get into Phil Sheridan's presence in present-day Newport either, but then no book can cover everything.

The bibliography alone is worth the price of the book.
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I bought this book for my mom, an avid history buff, but it was thoroughly enjoyed by the entire family. Even my young nephews found stories that held their interest.

Well-written and entertaining, the author using individual's stories to show how different life was for those first Oregonians.

Also a good summer read for older kids who have been studying Oregon Trail history. Really brings history to life!
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