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June 1, 2004
9780875952796
English
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Willamette Landings

Ghost Towns of the River

During the second half of the nineteenth century, the Willamette River served as the primary means of transportation for both people and goods in Oregon’s 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. McKinley’s account presents a perspective unfamiliar today – 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.

About the Authors

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

Reviews

"The late Corning's prose was rich with detail and meaning..The history of vanished towns that once flourished along the Willamette comes alive in these pages. A new introduction by Northwest writer Robin Cody makes this book even more of a treasure."—Salem Statesman Journal

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