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In Search of Ancient Oregon: A Geological and Natural History
by Ellen Morris Bishop
Oregon's fascinating geological story is folded in between the pages of beautiful photography of the state. A perfect read for those interested in Oregon's landscapes and environments, written by a passionate and professional geologist who spent hours in the field.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest
by Robert Ruby and John Brown
A guide that offers detailed descriptions, in alphabetical order, of 150 Pacific Northwest tribes. With an emphasis on Native voices and tribal revitalization, this book serves as a reference on these diverse peoples and reflects on the many recent political, economic and cultural developments amongst the Native communities.
Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon
by Rachel Dresbeck
An essential source for in-depth travel information, written by a local. This will guide anyone interested in exploring the gorgeous city of Portland, Oregon.
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country
by Jarold Ramsey, Editor
A collection of 116 traditional American Indian stories from Oregon tribes, which include songs, speeches, personal memoirs and peace treaty speeches, among other published works.
Along the Trail with Lewis and Clark
by Barbara Fifer and Vicky Soderberg
This guide includes 53 Lewis and Clark sites and museums and cites 44 landmarks/intriguing events the Corps of Discovery experienced. A brief summary of their trip includes the Louisiana Purchase and color codes states in the Union during the expedition.
Oregon Trail Stories: True Accounts of Life in a Covered Wagon
by David Klausmeyer
Read through the exhilarating narratives from real letters, diaries and more. These first-hand tales of death, love, adversity and exploration offer insight into the lives of the early Western Pioneers.
The Portland Bridge Book
by Sharon Wood Wortman
This detailed guide to the bridges of Portland and Vancouver blends engineering, poetry, history, and more to provide a complete picture of these striking landmarks.
Portland: A Food Biography
by Heather Arndt Anderson
Chronicles Portland's rise from the Wild West's salmon, berries, hazelnuts and beer to the progressive town full of food trucks, brewers, oyster parlors, and more! A culinary landscape of Portland then and now.
Portland Hill Walks: Twenty Explorations in Parks and Neighborhoods
by Laura O. Foster
With questions such as: What street used to be a row of floating homes? What eastside peak, with its "healthful air," was home to tuberculosis sanatoriums? and What Portlander modeled swimwear in the U.S. Senate? This unique travelogue is full of questions that you never would have thought that you wanted to know.
Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon, 1850-1950 (The Classic Houses Series)
by William J. Hawkins, William F. Willingham
More than 200 plans and drawings and over 600 photographs both historical and contemporary, fill this book with houses from the past and the present. Escape into this fascinating home tour, featuring more than 300 residences representing twenty-three distinct architectural styles from Greek Revival, Queen Anne, and Tudor to Bungalow, Prairie and the Northwest Style.
An Architectural Guidebook to Portland
by Bart King
Filled with history that demonstrates why Portland is one of the most admired cities across the country. Intertwined with photos presenting the balance of modern architecture and historical architectural traditions.
Oregon's Promise: An Interpretive History
by David Peterson Del Mar
This detailed look into the history of Oregon offers jarring perspectives that clash with traditional stereotypes of the state and its residents. The author focuses on those that have been left out of the prosperous society that the pioneers originally looked to create and gives fresh insight into some historical assumptions that, upon further review, may not have been so true.
Willamette Landings: Ghost Towns of the River
by Howard McKinley Cornin
The Willamette River was the primary means of transportation for people and goods during the second half of the nineteenth century in the Willamette Valley. Reading Willamette Landings will take you on a journey into a time when the Willamette River was the center of commerce and settlement. It includes maps and numerous historic photographs in this new edition.
Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman's March to the Governorship
by Barbara Roberts
A personal and political memoir by one of the few women governors in the history of the United States, Up the Capitol Steps details the successes and the frustrations of a woman's life in politics. Roberts embroils herself in controversial policies and challenging elections on the road to Oregon governorship.
Portland in Three Centuries: The Place and the People
by Carl Abbott
Abbott's history of Portland spans from the first European contact to contemporary times, highlighting the well-known Portland leaders as well as Portland's everyday movers and shakers. It makes an excellent primer on Portland's history and character.