First Advisor

Paul Collins

Date of Publication

Fall 1-11-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing






Oregon City (Or.) -- History, Frontier and pioneer life -- Oregon -- Oregon City



Physical Description

1 online resource (iii, 103 pages)


Oregon City lies at the base of Willamette Falls. It was one of the few known points in the Oregon Territory, as the destination for thousands coming overland to lay claim to the acres upon acres of forested land. Presently, Oregon City is known by its proximity to Portland. The two neighboring settlements were considered "long-distance," when on a spring evening in 1889, energy generated from the falls was carried through 14 miles of recently-laid copper wire to power streetlights in downtown Portland's Chapman Square. It was the first ever long-distance transmission of electricity. Oregon City, the oldest incorporated settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, is a town in transition, as it attempts to reinvent itself as something more than an old mill town, building on its natural beauty and historical significance.

This essay collection showcases the history and character of Oregon City, highlighting the people and places that have called it home.


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