The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane

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Timber Press, 2009 - History - 429 pages
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What's the connection between Ken Kesey and Nancy's Yogurt? How about the difference between a hoedad and a webfoot? What became of the Pixie Kitchen and the vanished Lambert Gardens?

The Oregon Companion is an AZ handbook of over 1000 people, places, and things. From Abernethy and beaver money to houseboats, railroads, and the Zigzag River, an intrepid public historian separates fact from fiction with his sense of humor intact. Entries include towns and cities, counties, rivers, lakes, and mountains; people who have left a mark on Oregon; industries, products, crops, and natural resources. Includes more than 160 historical black and white photos. This entertaining and delightfully meticulous compendium is an essential reference for anyone curious about Oregon.

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Review: The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane

User Review  - Oceanscape Network - Goodreads

A great travel companion if you're interested in seeking out Oregon's historical treasures, from the well-known to the completely arcane. Plenty of entries related to natural history too, including ... Read full review

Review: The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane

User Review  - John Orman - Goodreads

Everything Oegonian from A to Z. Now I know that the "Hillsborough" post office opened in 1850, and the city became "Hillsboro" in 1892. The names are derived from David Hill, who farmed there in 1845 ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Pacific Northwest historian and archivist Richard H. Engeman graduated from Reed College and holds graduate degrees from the University of Oregon and from the University of Washington. Formerly public historian of the Oregon Historical Society, he serves on the Portland Landmarks Commission and on the board of the Oregon Museums Association and the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program and is the principal of Oregon Rediviva LLC, a historical writing and consulting firm.

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