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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 https://offbeatoregon.com.

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

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    • 4.8 • 162 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 https://offbeatoregon.com.

    The Portland mining engineer who invented fracking (WPA oral-history interview with William Hampton)

    The Portland mining engineer who invented fracking (WPA oral-history interview with William Hampton)

    WPA writer Walker Winslow's oral history interview with William Huntley Hampton, a son of Brigham Young although not a Mormon, who was probably Oregon's second most famous mining engineer around the turn of the Twentieth Century (behind Herbert Hoover). He invented the process of hydraulic fracking, worked for the Bureau of Mines for years, and was one of the preeminent authorities on gold mining. (For the transcript, see https://www.loc.gov/item/wpalh001957/)

    • 13 min
    Brothel owner Carrie Carrie’s sidekicks proved bad at corpse disposal (Part 2 of 2)

    Brothel owner Carrie Carrie’s sidekicks proved bad at corpse disposal (Part 2 of 2)

    On the morning of Nov. 25, 1881, two men were walking to work along the North End waterfront when they saw something incongruous in the river, just off the foot of Everett Street ... a pair of feet, sticking straight up into the air. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1990s) (For text and pictures, see https://offbeatoregon.com/1910a.carrie-bradley-2of2.html)

    • 9 min
    Bordello madam Carrie Bradley was a real-life Brigid O’Shaughnessy (Part 1 of 2 parts)

    Bordello madam Carrie Bradley was a real-life Brigid O’Shaughnessy (Part 1 of 2 parts)

    The Femme Fatale, like most really satisfying tropes in fiction, is based on real life. And arguably, the closest Oregon has ever come to a real-life femme fatale worthy of Hammett’s pen was in early 1880s Portland, in what today is known as the Tenderloin — in the person of a gorgeous, hard-eyed 28-year-old brunette who called herself Carrie Bradley. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1882) (For text and pictures, see https://offbeatoregon.com/1909e.carrie-bradley-femme-fatale-1of2-567.html)

    • 10 min
    Scholarly Albany flyer was the real father of Oregon aviation

    Scholarly Albany flyer was the real father of Oregon aviation

    In a race with Portland neophile Henry Wemme to be the first owner of an airplane in Oregon, Cornell-educated John Burkhart was two weeks too late; but unlike Wemme, he designed, built and flew his own machine. (Albany, Linn County; 1910s) (For text and pictures, see https://offbeatoregon.com/1410d.310.burkhart-aviation-pioneer.html)

    • 9 min
    Was Bridge of the Gods real? Almost certainly yes

    Was Bridge of the Gods real? Almost certainly yes

    The geographical evidence isn't there; but every nearby Indian community has legends about the river tunneling underground for miles, and roughly similar accounts of the tunnel's collapse. What are the odds? (Near The Dalles, Wasco County; circa 1450 A.D.) (For text and pictures, see https://offbeatoregon.com/1907c.bridge-of-the-gods-legend-and-truth.html)

    • 9 min
    The maddest man in old Portland (WPA oral-history interview)

    The maddest man in old Portland (WPA oral-history interview)

    Young Charley Imus was the son of the local undertaker, and he and a school friend were tasked with watching over a corpse while an Irish wake was going on, as the wind howled in the shingles on a stormy, spooky night. Imagine the boys' consternation when the 'corpse' ... woke up. Apparently the wake worked! (Interview conducted on Feb. 24, 1939. For the source documents, see https://www.loc.gov/item/wpalh001939/)

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
162 Ratings

162 Ratings

MBuss ,

Native Oregonian learning a bit more about “Gods Country.”

I came upon this podcast accidentally and love what I’ve heard so far… easy listen chock-full of informative Oregon history. Thank you from an appreciative Portlander now in Texas.

Murrishmo ,

Informative, funny and adorable!

I just love this podcast. I binged every episode and look forward to the new ones. Finn is an amazing orator and storyteller who makes history fascinating. I came to this podcast during a very dark time in my life and it brought me a sense of joy and connection with my local history. It also inspires me artistically, for some reason. I get great inspiration from the tales of the past, and it connects me with the humanity that we all have no matter what century we reside in the great state of Oregon. Never stop, love it! In fact, I’d love to see a live show sometime!

DPH111 ,

Excellent mostly unknown stories of Oregon

Excellent, mostly unknown stories of Oregon

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