Oregon City Enterprise!

Masthead reads: "Oregon City Enterprise, devoted to news, literature, and the best interests of Oregon."

“Devoted to news, literature, and the best interests of Oregon.” Oregon City enterprise. (Oregon City, Or.) August 08, 1878, Image 1, Page 1. http://tinyurl.com/l5kppua

Exciting news! Two new historic newspapers (with the same title!) from Oregon City, covering the late 19th/early 20th century, are now available online at the Historic Oregon Newspapers website:

  1. Oregon City Enterprise, Nov. 15, 1872-Nov. 7, 1878
  2. Oregon City Enterprise, Feb. 24-1893-March 3, 1911

Click the “Calendar View” button/calendar icon to browse issues or look for specific issue dates, or use the “Search” page to do a keyword search.

Established in 1829, Oregon City was the first city to be incorporated west of the Rocky Mountains, playing a significant role in the history of Oregon and the American West. Not only is Oregon City historically known to mark the end of the Oregon Trail, it was also the birthplace of the very first newspaper to be published in Oregon and on the West Coast – the Oregon Spectator, published in Oregon City from Feb. 5, 1846-March 10, 1855. Located just south of Portland, Oregon City is the home of the Willamette Falls and serves as the county seat of Clackamas County.

Here are just a few examples of the interesting clips that can be found in these Oregon City newspapers: precisely 112 years ago today in Oregon City:

Image of a bridge over a river with caption that reads: "Oregon City's Free Suspension Bridge spanning the Willamette river."

Oregon City enterprise. (Oregon City, Or.) August 09, 1901, Image 1, Page 1. http://tinyurl.com/mn6ngew

Photograph looking down on the Willamette river valley and several industrail buildings with caption that reads: "Oregon City Manufacturing Company's Mill - showing two paper mills, flour mills, electric station and Willamette falls."

Oregon City enterprise. (Oregon City, Or.) August 09, 1901, Image 1, Page 1. http://tinyurl.com/mn6ngew

This new content is available through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Oregon State Library with a Library Services and Technology Act grant in partnership with the Oregon City Public Library. More historic newspaper content from Oregon City will be coming soon, so stay tuned! Happy searching!

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