During the second half of the nineteenth century, the Willamette River served as the primary means of transportation for both people and goods in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Riverboats plied the river along a series of landings and small communities where much of the population clustered. Some of these settlements, such as Albany and Springfield, developed into the towns and metropolitan centers of present-day Oregon. Others, such as Lancaster, flourished briefly before gradually declining or disappearing altogether as transportation shifted to roads and railroads.
Willamette Landings, originally published in 1947, offers a portrait of the Willamette River at a time when it was the bustling center of commerce and settlement. McKinley’s account presents a perspective unfamiliar today – from the river itself.
This new edition includes maps, numerous historic photographs, and in introduction by the well-known writer Robin Cody, whose affinity with the life and history of rivers of the Pacific Northwest is long-standing.
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Edition description:||New Introduction Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Howard McKinley Corning, a poet and historian, was poetry editor of the Oregonian from 1965 to 1976. His work as an editor and supervisor with the Oregon Writer's Project of the Works Progress Administration resulted in the development of two important regional books, A Dictionary of Oregon History and Willamette Landings. Robin Cody has written extensively about the people, places, and cultures of the West. He is the author of the award-winning Voyage of a Summer Sun, about his solo canoe trip down the Columbia River
Table of Contents
IllustrationsReprise to the 1973 editionIntroduction to the 1947 editionAcknowledgmentsOf Time and the Willamette, by Robin CodyWilderness RiverThe Lower Willamette and the Towns That GrewPreludes of Sail and SteamLost Towns of Willamette FallsWheat Ports of the Middle RiverTowns of the Middle and Upper WillamettePaddlewheels and Smoke PlumesTrade Towns of YesterdayOther Landings of a Bygone DayStill Flows the RiverAs the Years Turn: A Later LookList of River LandingsOriginal Survey Locations of Willamette River TownsitesIndex