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Oregon pioneers took the trail to where grass was greener


April 28, 2021

PIONEER CHARLES RICE'S homestead in the Crawfordsville area.

A book entitled "The Willamette Valley: Migration and Settlement on the Oregon Frontier" can be located in the research room of the East Linn Museum with a little effort. Written by geographer William A. Bowen and published in 1978, it is filled with more information than can be consumed in one sitting. Actually, it is an excellent reference book worth visiting.

Unfortunately, our neck of the woods gets little attention. The population didn't pick up as rapidly here as in the downstream portion of the Willamette Valley, which naturally attracts more attention for a demographer examining the...

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