Check out our virtual author events! Learn More »

For more great books, visit

Oregon 1859

A Snapshot in Time

By Janice Marschner

Oregon became the 33d state in the Union on February 14, 1859. Portland had wooden sidewalks, and gold glittered in southern Oregon streams. Towns like Lookingglass, Needy, and Sodaville were springing up all around. It is a time to remember—and to revisit—today, 150 years later, with this detailed and lively guide. Janice Marschner provides all you need to travel through each of Oregon's 19 original counties at the moment of statehood: a map showing each county's 1859 place names and current reference points; the history of native peoples and settlers; early roads and bridges; the first homes, schools, stores, hotels, and churches; biographical sketches of notable individuals throughout the state; lists of family names from Applegate and Lovejoy to McLoughlin, Reed, and Zumwalt; and sites to see. Historical photographs show the determined faces of natives and settlers; their oxen and wagons on wide, rough roads; their rafts and ferries on the rivers; and their towns under development.

This book is only available through print on demand. All interior art is black and white.

Read more

$27.95 (US)

Shipping to the U.S. only. Please see our International FAQ for more information.

Books also available at
Meet the Author
Janice Marschner headshot

Janice Marschner

More about the author
Review quotes

"[R]eaders will be impressed by the book’s numerous photographs and ... biographies of Oregon’s first American settlers."

Product Details
Number of pages
Publication date
May 03, 2013