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Oregon Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival (Disaster Series)

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Publisher Comments:

Its only human to be fascinated by disasters—and uplifted by reports of survival in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Rachel Dresbeck takes you back to Oregons most catastrophic events, vividly re-creating the moments that changed the Beaver State forever. The twenty true stories in Oregon Disasters are a chilling reminder to expect the unexpected and to respect the powerful, often deadly forces of nature.

 

Experience the drama of:

The 1903 flash flood that killed nearly one-quarter of the population of Heppner

The 1922 fire that devoured the resilient city of Astoria

A 1978 plane crash in East Portland that claimed surprisingly few lives

The rescue of Mount Hood climbers injured in a 250-foot slide in 2002

A century of marine accidents—the Mimi in 1913, the New Carissa in 1999, and the Taki-Tooo fishing charter in 2003

Book News Annotation:

With its soaring mountains, deep forests, and Pacific coastline, Oregon has the reputation of being an environmental wonderland. However, those same wonders can prove deadly, as Dresbeck shows in this collection of stories. She describes 100 years of fire (including the Tillamook Burn, the Biscuit Fire and the burning of the town of Astoria), ice (deadly climbing parties on Coe Glacier and Mount Hood), water (the Heppner and Vanport floods), and a range of sad wrecks including those of the freighter New Carissa and the fishing boat Taki-Tooo on the Oregon Coast as well as United Flight 173, which landed in the midst of a Portland neighborhood. Dresbeck has chosen carefully, avoiding the equally famous exploding of the dead beached whale and the fires and floods that taught Portland the political value of having building codes. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Twenty disasters spanning a century are brought to life in this engagingly written volume that tells the stories of the 1903 flash flood in Heppner the 1927 Mount Hood avalanche the 1933 Tillamook forest fire the 2002 Biscuit fire and the 2003 sinking

About the Author

Rachel Dresbeck is a writer and editor who lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and dog. Among other things, she is coauthor of Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon, and Insiders' Guide to the Oregon Coast. The daughter of two historians, she has long meditated on the scope and variety of disasters and how they shape the human experience and test the will of people.

Table of Contents

(1) Introduction (2) The Heppner Flood, 1903 (3) The Wreck of the Mimi, 1913 (4) The Astoria Fire, 1922 (5) The Mazamas on Coe Glacier, 1927 (6) The Tillamook Burn, 1933 (7) The Vanport Flood, 1948 (8) Three Blizzards, 1950 (9) The Columbus Day Storm, 1962 (10) Tsunami, 1964 (11) The Willamette River Flood, 1964 (12) The Brookings-Harbor Rescues, 1972 (13) The Last Journey of Flight 173, 1978 (14) The Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 (15) The Oregon Episcopal School Climb, 1986 (16) Chain-Reaction Car Accident, 1988 (17) Raging Waters, 1995-1996 (18) The Wreck of the New Carissa, 1999 (19) Mount Hood Climbing Accident, 2002 (20) The Biscuit Fire, 2002 (21) The Sinking of the Taki-Tooo, 2002 (22) Bibliography (23) About the Author

Product Details

ISBN:
9780762739936
Subtitle:
True Stories of Tragedy and Survival
Author:
Dresbeck, Rachel
Publisher:
Globe Pequot
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Disasters
Subject:
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Natural disasters -- Oregon.
Subject:
Disasters - Oregon
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
United States - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
First edition
Edition Description:
First
Series:
Disasters Series
Publication Date:
20060801
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 photographs, 1 map
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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