Gladstone, Oregon, is located at the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers and was once the northern half of the historic town of Oregon City. Gladstone came to prominence as the site of the first Oregon State Fair, the first Clackamas County Fair, the first railroad bridge in Oregon, and the first river crossing of the first interurban trolley west of the Rocky Mountains. In 1869, Gladstone witnessed Ben Holladay challenge both his competitors and the Clackamas River in the great north–south railroad race. From 1894 to 1927, Gladstone became known as the "Mother Chautauqua of the West," where orators such as William Jennings Bryan held thousands of attendees spellbound in Gladstone Park. In this Murdock Talk presentation author Kim Argaves Huey discusses Gladstone's rich history, from its founding by Judge Harvey E. Cross, to it's role in the industrialization of Oregon City.
The rich soil of the Willamette Valley is from eastern Washington, brought here by the ice age Lake Missoula Floods. It was this soil that attracted the Oregon Trail pioneers to become part of one of the largest non-forced migrations in all of history. But did you know that from Pendleton to the The Dalles some of the very trails the pioneers used were actually channels of those very floods? Join us as Rick Thompson takes us on a visual journey through the water gaps and next to the giant gravel bars the pioneers saw as they traveled the flood channels carved long before they arrived.
An analysis of Oregon’s Female murders from 1854-1950.
MURDOCK TALKS "Language of the Land: Cowboy Poetry Inspired by Oregon's Western Heritage and Ranching Culture"
Throughout the history of the American West, and in Oregon, cowboy poets have played a large part in preserving our western heritage and the culture of Oregon through oral and written poetry. Cowboy poetry is part of a long-cherished legacy and Oregon has produced well-respected contemporary cowboy poets, including this program’s presenter, Tom Swearingen.
A two-time winner of the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Contest, Tom brings his stories to life with rhythm and rhyme and a style that makes him a popular performer. For more on Tom visit oregoncowboypoet.com.
Darrell Jabin, Oregon's Traveling Historian will share and discuss the individuals and events that helped create the state of Oregon.
Traveling historian Darrell Jabin discusses the discovery of Oregon and how it came to have its name.
A presentation focusing on the historical and modern funeral industry.
A presentation about the Celilo Village community and the alliances that were formed by two native and settler-descended women leaders.
Murdock Talks: "The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California''
A presentation focusing on the troubled and complicated life of Peter Burnett.