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
... 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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