Text and Book Compilation: The Oregonian
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing
ISBN: 978-1558685437

The historical photographs and engaging stories in this unique and splendid volume focus on the Oregonians who were significant in shaping each decade, and give a detailed and evocative account of what life was like in each period of Oregon’s modern development,” states the inside jacket cover of The Oregon Story: 1850-2000.

Covering one hundred and forty-four pages, the book is targeted toward individuals interested in learning more about Oregon during a century and a half period. With black or brown and white photographs, yellow highlighted dedicated pages, and small biographies of individuals, there is no introduction, ending with an index, and bibliography.

Celebrating Oregon’s one hundred and fiftieth anniversary, the staff of The Oregonian have written and compiled twelve sections of Oregon’s time periods. Each chapter has a page of short quips of life during that specific time along with a dated one-page “newsreel.” With a quarter to full page non-colored photographs, there are two to five inserted small profiles of people noted during the era.

The first two chapters, which encompasses before it became a state to the start of nineteen century, mention the gold rush, Native Americans, and its statehood with bios on Joseph Buchtel, John C. Ainsworth, and Henry Pittock.

All further chapters cover a decade each of the history, land, and its people. From the nineteen hundreds, the Roaring Twenties, World War Two, the rebellious sixties, and the booming nineties, each ten year period is written from a journalistic stance.

View the Depression during the thirties, where Roosevelt approved the construction of two dams in the state to provide needed jobs. Although the State Capitol in Salem was demolished by fire, the town of Bandon was inflamed, and Portland’s ports were shut down due to a strike, the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Timberline Lodge were established. Tributes are given to Ben Hur Lampman, Linus Pauling, DeNorval Unthank, and Pietro Belluschi. Statewide population was almost one million with over half living in cities.

Focusing mainly on the Portland area where the newspaper is based and still read most prevalently, there is little mention of Southern and Eastern Oregon with its unusual terrain, economy, or people.

Especially for those who love The Oregonian newspaper or live in the Portland area or nearby, this is a beautiful coffee table book with a journalistic concentration that recalls the state’s history, its memorable stories, and its iconic figures.

This book was personally gifted to the reader and the review is an honest opinion.

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