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

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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 A–Z 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, ...

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Overview

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 A–Z 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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From "Abernathy" to "Zig Zag River," from famous authors to grocery market products, The Oregon Companion serves up every facet of the Beaver State. Pacific Northwest historian and archivist Richard Engeman approached this behemoth task with an enviable balance of good spirits and meticulous research. If you don't have a reference shelf, you can create one for this book.
The Register-Guard
“[A] heck of a lot of fun to read…full of photographs that aren’t the usual suspects you see when you pick up a book abut Oregon history.”
Bloom
“Native Oregonians and new web foots alike will find fascinating facts about their state.”
Powell's Books Blog
The rare photographs alone make this book worth the purchase price and I found myself learning more about Oregon in one sitting than I can ever remember.
Willamette Week
"More than just a coffee-table trophy, The Oregon Companion opens a window onto a distinctly Oregonian version of the past, one that leads (however unexpectedly) into our uncanny Oregonian present."
News-Review
"Engeman has proved his mettle as a Pacific Northwest historian and archivist in this tremendous undertaking to coincide with Oregon's sesquicentennial."
Oregonian
"If the Smithsonian Institution is America's attic, Engeman dusts off for us a cubbyhole of diversions and souvenirs that, taken together and viewed from a certain angle, create a pointillist portrait rather like a Chuck Close painting … If it will appear different to every reader who picks up The Oregon Companion—that's no flaw. It's just life in a random state."
Southeast Examiner
"The book is a handy guide to keep in the car while traveling because of the enticing information of the different sights in Oregon."
Portland Monthly
"With its succinct entries and well-restored photographs, The Oregon Companion reads more like a riveting narrative—tales of bankers sneaking into Japan on dinghies to teach English to Samurai warriors in the 1800s."
East Oregonian
"Once I started leafing through the chapters, I just couldn't put it down … Engeman's accessible writing style makes this book an engaging read for young and old alike."
The Bee
"This engaging, fact-filled reference book is useful both for newcomers and for forgetful natives."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881928990
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 944,556
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2009

    Great Overview Of Oregon Info

    The information provided is in an A-to-Z fashion and provide sufficient enough detail for each item listed to familiarize one with what it is, and perhaps how it relates to a time and place in Oregon history. It COULD be seen as a reference book due to its layout.

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