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Words marked by a place : local histories in Central Oregon

Author: Jarold Ramsey
Publisher: Corvallis, OR : Oregon State University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Words Marked by a Place is a book of interconnected writings reflecting on the human and natural history of central Oregon. This chronological collection presents the reader with key episodes of central Oregon history, from nineteenth-century exploration to the railroading and homesteading era to the era of community-building and development that followed. While telling these local stories, Jarold Ramsey explores
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Genre/Form: History
Local history
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Ramsey, Jarold, 1937-
Words marked by a place.
Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018026472
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jarold Ramsey
ISBN: 9780870719202 0870719203
OCLC Number: 1007079874
Description: xviii, 204 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Henry Larcom Abbot in Central Oregon, 1855 --
A visit from Sam Anaxshat," from Maudy's Year --
Our homestead orchards --
The Railroad Era and its legacy --
The birth of Jefferson County: Part One --
The birth of Jefferson County: Part Two --
Local history on stage: Five Skits --
The mystery homesteaders --
"Words marked by a place" in search of a Central Oregon lingo --
Farmers and old iron --
Rowboat rescue on the Deschutes, 1940 --
Airacobra in memoriam 2nd Lieutenant Robert L. Cranston, 1924/1944.
Responsibility: Jarold Ramsey.

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Words Marked by a Place is a book of interconnected essays engaging from different angles the history and lore of Central Oregon, and reflecting on and exemplifying the theory and practice of local  Read more...

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