Oregon History

Statewide History

soldier kneeling at stream for water
A World War I memorial in Jacksonville. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
This history of Oregon was written by Stephen Dow Beckham, the Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. Professor of History at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. Professor Beckham traces Oregon's history to the present, and he has prepared an extensive bibliography and also a chronology, both included here.

Prehistory to Indian Wars
Statehood to the 2000
Chronological History

Subject History Essays


Related information

Notable Oregonians Guide - people who have helped shape Oregon
Cascades Recreation Exhibit - fun in the mountains over the decades
Oregon Cemeteries Exhibit - exploring cemeteries across the state
Oregon's Early Rural Schools Exhibit - a colorful look at education
Protecting Oregon Beaches Exhibit - exploring the history of public access
Woman Suffrage Centennial Exhibit - celebrating the vote for women
Oregon Blue Book Centennial Exhibit - 100 years of the almanac
Oregon Century Farms and Ranches Exhibit - a mix of historic and current images
Depression Era Public Works Exhibit - art, architecture, etc. 
Historical Oregon Trademarks - colorful old labels
Oregon at Work - historical photographs of Oregon