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Willamette Landings: Ghost Towns of the River


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During the second half of the nineteenth century, the Willamette River served as the primary means of transportation for both people and goods in OregonÕs Willamette Valley. Riverboats plied the river along a series of landings and small communities where much of the population clustered. Some of these settlements, such as Albany and Springfield, developed into the towns and metropolitan centers of present-day Oregon. Others, such as Lancaster, flourished briefly before gradually declining or disappearing altogether as transportation shifted to roads and railroads. Willamette Landings, originally published in 1947, offers a portrait of the Willamette River at a time when it was the bustling center of commerce and settlement. McKinleyÕs account presents a perspective unfamiliar today Ð from the river itself. This new edition includes maps, numerous historic photographs, and in introduction by the well-known writer Robin Cody, whose affinity with the life and history of rivers of the Pacific Northwest is long-standing. Howard McKinley Corning, a poet and historian, was poetry editor of the Oregonian from 1965 to 1976. His work as an editor and supervisor with the Oregon Writer's Project of the Works Progress Administration resulted in the development of two important regional books, A Dictionary of Oregon History and Willamette Landings. Robin Cody has written extensively about the people, places, and cultures of the West. He is the author of the award-winning Voyage of a Summer Sun, about his solo canoe trip down the Columbia River

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As Europeans and their descendants settled along western Oregon's Willamette River during the middle of the 19th century, pioneers founded dozens of river towns, and each promoted theirs as the territory's future commercial and political center. Almost all were lost during the second half of the century to fire, flood, and being bypassed when rails and roads usurped transport from the river. In 1936, the WPA's Oregon Writer's Project began collecting information about the ghost landings, and Portland poet and historian Corning (1896-1976) was asked to edit them into a coherent narrative. That was not published until 1947. A second edition appeared in 1973. Western writer Robin Cody contributes a new introduction to the third. Distributed by the University of Washington Press.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Corning, Howard Mcki
Oregon Historical Society Press
Corning, Howard McKinley
Corning, Howard M.
Cody, Robin
United States - 19th Century/Old West
US History-19th Century
Western History
River boats
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