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Great and Minor Moments in Oregon History

by Dick Pintarich

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The history of Oregon is filled with a fascinating array of facts both expected and surprising. Great and Minor Moments in Oregon History highlights the significant and the unexpected, from the prehistoric to the present with in-depth, thought-provoking, and often humorous glimpses of the personalities and peculiarities that inhabit Oregon's past. Readers learn about the forces of nature that created Oregon over eons, the natural gifts that inspired the mythic world of its natives, and what it was like for Lewis and Clark to spend an Oregon winter on the north coast — without the modern tourist conveniences. The book also covers Portland's booming optimism at the start of the 20th century, its seamy underworld of 1950s, the city's illustrious sports and political heritage, and much more.
  Bonneville_Dam | Feb 26, 2015 |
"Oregon's Social History" was the first class i attended in college while trying to get my educational bearings. i took it from the author of this book and really enjoyed it. he was funny, engaging, well-informed, and entertaining. i found the book to have these same qualities.

Dick Pintarich works as a tour guide over the summers when he isn't teaching at Portland Community College, and this book has the tone you might expect from someone leading an especially entertaining excursion through Oregon's colorful history. an expert on southern and eastern Oregon, he touches on many of the less-well-known aspects of culture and landscape in the far corners of the state. he recounts interesting anecdotes from his own travels and brings tidbits of information to the fore that are both interesting and, in many cases, hilarious. the chapters on place-name sanitization is particularly amusing. (hint: rooster rock was NOT the original name!)

in addition to covering the more far flung corners of the state, this book also brings up many of the less than savory aspects of Oregon's culture that many natives, and more transplants, would rather forget. a rampant pattern of racism, prejudice, corruption, political pandering, the inflexibility of many residents toward social progress, and a legendary tight-fistedness among its residents.(remember, we're) one of the only states in the union without a sales tax!)

an entertaining and instructive read, this book is a must for anyone curious about the less-well-traveled paths of Oregon's history. ( )
  arouse77 | May 24, 2008 |
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An engaging and fascinating collection of essays and anecdotes delves into both the familiar and the surprising in Oregon history. Rather than a comprehensive history, Great and Minor Moments in Oregon History is an off-beat survey of the long span from the prehistoric to the present with in-depth, thought provoking, and often humorous glimpses of the personalities and peculiarities that inhabit Oregon's past. Learn what forces of nature combined to create Oregon over geologic eons, how the land's natural gifts inspired the mythic world of its original natives, and what was it like for Lewis and Clark to spend an Oregon winter on the north coast — without the modern tourist conveniences. See revealed, as never before, the seedy vice underworld of Portland's 1950s rackets mobs. The Beaver State’s rich history — from the sublime to the ridiculous, the momentous to the minute — awaits within these pages.

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