Outside Perspectives on Oregon News

Oregon’s history is not only accessible for searching and browsing through Oregon’s historic newspapers. Several newspapers from other states, available for keyword-searching online through the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities’ Chronicling America website, can yield a wealth of articles about Oregon. Below you’ll find a few examples of topics and articles that are available, with links arranged by newspaper “sections.”

A newspaper page from The San Francisco Call, March 25, 1900, featuring images of women from Oregon.

The San Francisco call. (San Francisco, Calif.) March 25, 1900, Image 12. http://tinyurl.com/7ghxvwf


“How We Got Oregon” – A reporter from the Salt Lake Herald (UT) visits the Umatilla Indian Reservation in 1903, and is told a story from pioneer days

“Lewis & Clark Centennial” – Account of the 1905 Exposition in Portland, from the San Francisco Call (CA)

Advertisement for the Great Northern Railway, taken from The Appeal, a newspaper from Saint Paul, Minnesota, on April 29, 1905. Advertisement states: "Scenic suprises all the way to the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon, if you travel via the Great Northern Railway, the comfortable way, the height of travel and comfort afforded by two through transcontinental trains daily. Tourist sleepers, palace sleepers, buffet library cars, dining cars, a trip acorss the mountains by daylight.

The appeal. (Saint Paul, Minn.) April 29, 1905, Minnesota Law Supplement, Page 24, Image 29. http://tinyurl.com/7cnw2mk


“Women’s Battle For The Ballot” – Story about the narrow defeat of Oregon’s proposed 1906 equal suffrage amendment, from the Washington Times (DC)

“Political Depravity In Oregon” – The Washington Herald (DC) details a land fraud scandal that was sullying Oregon politics in 1906


“Home Again From The Willamette” – 1893 account of business opportunities in Oregon, from the San Francisco Morning Call (CA)

“Dairy Production In The Pacific Northwest” – 1915 article from the Pullman Herald (WA) with in-depth analysis of agricultural economics in our region

Headline from Ranch and Range, a newspaper from Washington state, August 13, 1898, reads: "Agriculture in Oregon. Remarkable resources, present condition and future developement, stock to be pre-eminent. By Thos. Shaw, professor of the bureau of animal husbandry of the University of Minnesota."

Ranch and range. (North Yakima, Wash.) August 13, 1898, Image 4. http://tinyurl.com/82ryunr

Image of three cows in association with an article about agriculture in Oregon from Ranch and Range, a newspaper from North Yakima, Washington, August 13, 1898.

Ranch and range. (North Yakima, Wash.) August 13, 1898, Image 4. http://tinyurl.com/82ryunr


“Oregon’s Two Climates” – From 1905, the Washington Times (DC) explains our prevailing weather patterns

Leisure & Lifestyles:

“Pendleton’s First Round-Up” – A long-running Oregon tradition begins in 1910, with the San Francisco Call (CA) reporting


“N.W. Conference To Remain” – 1915 item from the Pullman Herald (WA) recounts the beginning of the Pac-10 athletic conference

“Best Eleven Won” – The University of Oregon plays in its first Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day of 1917, as reported by the Evening Ledger of Philadelphia (PA)

Photograph from a football game between Oregon and Pennsylvania teams, published in the Evening Public Ledger of Philadephia, Pennsylvania on January 10, 1917. Caption reads: "At the new year football game - Huntington, of Oregon, starts around Penn's left end, aided by compact interference."

Evening public ledger. (Philadelphia, Pa.) January 10, 1917, Night Extra, Image 16. http://tinyurl.com/76npk5w

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