- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Graphic Arts Books (August 5, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155868543X
- ISBN-13: 978-1558685437
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.8 x 12.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,736,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oregon Story: 1850-2000 Hardcover – August 5, 2000
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But bravo to Amazon for the links that led me to it. And bravo again for providing the secondary market links that have let me buy three really nice copies of this book. They'll be treasured by all three native Oregonians who received them.
Since the book was written by staff members of the Oregonian, it reads like a "newspaper account" of the days leading from Oregon's inception to the present. But what an entertaining account. From the early days, through the "turn of the century, the roaring 20's, the Depression, wartime, the fifties, turbulent 60s, up to the year 2000, all events are well-documented.
I never knew for example that Tom McCall when he was governor in 1970 staged the only ever state-run rock concert. I only saw him years later when I lived in Oregon and saw him deliver commentary on the evening news. I knew of course about Vanport and its horrendous end. I also remembered the bad flooding in 1996, having been in Portland the weekend before it happened. And of course, who could ever forget Mt. St. Helens erupting in 1980? These of course are just a few of the events that have occured in Oregon's history
I mentioned sidebars about influential people. People like McCall, Artie Wilson (a famous Pacific Coast League baseball player now living in Portland), Beverly Cleary (who wrote the Henry books I loved as a kid), Neil Goldschmitt, and the current Portland mayor Vera Katz, among others.
I have always loved the state of Oregon and its people, even if I'm a dreaded "Californian." This book reinforces my love and admiration of the state to the north of me.