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OREGON MAGIC

What’s In A Name

Two books earn their ride in every car driving Oregon roads:

     – Oregon Geographical Names.

     – Oregon Roadside Geology.

OGN puts names and places together. 

ORG travels time.

For example, does it matter that the majestic Cascades are so new that the ancient ruins of an earlier range lay buried under your car when you drive the Santiam? 

 Don’t worry, they won’t erupt.

With ORG you will notice every road-cut, every scraped hillside exposing rock layers for your enjoyment, in a whole new light.  The uninitiated will tire of your narrative, but press on.  They’ll get it. 

Will it matter more if you know the date the post office first opened in the next town you drive through?  Maybe, but OGN is more than that. 

These two books cover the land and dig in at the same time.

An Oregon grand canyon?  Look up Crooked River.

Always dreamed of Lake Havasu in Arizona?  Find Lake Billy Chinook .

No one says Oregon holds the best of the other states, but they could.  With volcanoes and tsunamis come bragging rights.

Native Americans, then pioneers, settled Oregon.  They both leave great history to pick through. 

Be a part of it.

Start with the main question, ‘what happened’, then find where it happened.  OGN and ORG give the right answers.

Then take it a little further. 

Because the Oregon Historical Society supports OGN and gives voice to so many quiet histories, stop in and look around.  Listen carefully as the artifacts give up their story.

That’s where your new story begins, your magical Oregon.

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About David Gillaspie

Since I'm from Oregon I know all about wood; It's like writing a blog. For example I once made a four poster bed from rough cut lumber. It broke the first time I laid down. Now it's four foot stools. Every blog post on boomerpdx.com comes from the same process. Be a good surfer and sign up. You might be sorry, but not that much. Talk soon, David

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