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The Offbeat Oregon History Podcast is a daily service from the Offbeat Oregon History newspaper column. Each weekday morning, a strange-but-true story from Oregon's history from the archives of the column is uploaded. An exploding whale, a few shockingly scary cults, a 19th-century serial killer, several very naughty ladies, a handful of solid-brass con artists and some of the dumbest bad guys in the history of the universe. Source citations are included with the text version on the Web site at http://offbeatoregon.com.

Offbeat Oregon History podcast www.offbeatoregon.com (finn @ offbeatoregon.com)

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    • 4.8 • 127 Ratings

The Offbeat Oregon History Podcast is a daily service from the Offbeat Oregon History newspaper column. Each weekday morning, a strange-but-true story from Oregon's history from the archives of the column is uploaded. An exploding whale, a few shockingly scary cults, a 19th-century serial killer, several very naughty ladies, a handful of solid-brass con artists and some of the dumbest bad guys in the history of the universe. Source citations are included with the text version on the Web site at http://offbeatoregon.com.

    First youth symphony in U.S. came out of Oregon’s high desert

    First youth symphony in U.S. came out of Oregon’s high desert

    ... and to one gifted, visionary violin teacher named Mary Dodge, founder of the Sagebrush Symphony. (Burns, Harney County; 1910s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1108c-sagebrush-symphony-first-youth-orchestra-in-us.html)

    • 8 min
    Prohibition-era Oregon was a bootlegger’s paradise

    Prohibition-era Oregon was a bootlegger’s paradise

    ... when the rest of the West Coast needed them, Oregon's 'midnight entrepreneurs' were ready to roll. (Statewide; 1920s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1308a-rumrunners-moonshiners-and-speakeasies.html)

    • 10 min
    Innocent man’s sacrifice averted deadly ‘tong war’

    Innocent man’s sacrifice averted deadly ‘tong war’

    ... and blood had to answer for blood. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1880s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1802c.tong-war-in-portland-averted-with-hanging-483.html)

    • 8 min
    Life of Sacagawea’s mountain-man son a tantalizing mystery

    Life of Sacagawea’s mountain-man son a tantalizing mystery

    ... we know almost nothing of his life. (Clatsop and Harney County; 1800s, 1860s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1107d-life-of-sacagaweas-mountain-man-son-charbonneau-tantalizing-mystery.html)

    • 8 min
    Racketeers, corrupt union men battled over pinball

    Racketeers, corrupt union men battled over pinball

    In Portland, shady underworld characters supplied Oregonians with plenty of both. (Multnomah and Clackamas county; 1940s, 1950s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1307d-pinball-wars-elkins-vs-teamsters.html)

    • 10 min
    Oregon’s biggest uranium mine found by an amateur rockhound

    Oregon’s biggest uranium mine found by an amateur rockhound

    He was basically the gold-seeking “miner 49er” updated for the atomic age: in lieu of a mule, he rode an Army-surplus Jeep; in place of pick and gold pan, he carried a Geiger counter and ultraviolet flashlight.

    So it’s ironic but maybe not surprising that Oregon’s biggest uranium strike was made by an everyday rockhound - a guy who didn’t even own a Geiger counter. (Lakeview, Lake County; 1950s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/22-04.white-king-lucky-lass-uranium-mines-608.html)

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

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