166 episodes

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 • 104 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.

    Ka-Ton-Ka was Oregon’s own patent remedy...sort of

    Ka-Ton-Ka was Oregon’s own patent remedy...sort of

    ... and the Oregon Indian Medicine Co. was born.(Warm Springs Indian Reservation; 1880s) (For text and pictures, see http://www.offbeatoregon.com/1812c.ka-ton-ka-donald-mckay-warm-springs-indian-medicine.html)

    • 11 min
    Corruption, hypocrisy and the fall of the house of Klux

    Corruption, hypocrisy and the fall of the house of Klux

    ...they found out the hard way that they'd misjudged the voters' intentions. (Statewide, 1922-1926) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1304d-fall-of-the-house-of-klux.html)

    • 10 min
    The Rise of the House of Klux: How the KKK took over the state

    The Rise of the House of Klux: How the KKK took over the state

    But it wouldn't keep them for long. (Statewide, 1922) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1304c-rise-of-the-ku-klux-klan-in-oregon.html)

    • 9 min
    Rise of Ku Klux Klan in Oregon: A racist moneymaking scheme

    Rise of Ku Klux Klan in Oregon: A racist moneymaking scheme

    ... undertones of masked vigilantism were there from the very start. (Medford, Jackson County; 1921) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1304b-ku-klux-klowns-kome-to-oregon.html)

    • 10 min
    Oregon's first newspaper, the “Flumgudgeon Gazette,” was written out longhand

    Oregon's first newspaper, the “Flumgudgeon Gazette,” was written out longhand

    ... using only a pen and ink. (Oregon City, Clackamas County; 1846) (For text and pictures, see http://www.offbeatoregon.com/H1007a_flumgudgeon.html)

    • 6 min
    Boss shanghaier Sullivan’s mining-stock fraud career

    Boss shanghaier Sullivan’s mining-stock fraud career

    He provided a full-service kind of operation — not only placing ads for investors, but also sending out hundreds of fake “human interest” stories about life in the mining camps for East Coast and West Coast newspapers to run. These articles were basically dime-novel narratives of feuds and gunfights and gold strikes and virtuous-maiden-rescuings; and, of course, they prominently featured Rice’s clients in heroic roles. They were eagerly run by newspapers all over the country, and the people who read them came to feel like they knew the mines and the people who ran them. Naturally, they were much more comfortable investing their money in them.

    It was some of these stories, reprinted in the Portland newspapers, that initially attracted Larry Sullivan to Goldfield.

    Soon, Rice was happily gambling away large swaths of his “earnings.” After Sullivan arrived and built the Palace, he did a lot of his gambling there. By this time, of course, he was a pretty good gambler; Larry probably had his work cut out for him keeping him from winning too much.

    One day, Rice was cashing out $2,500 in winnings, and Larry came out to talk to him.

    “Say, young feller, why don’t you cut me in on some of your mining deals?” he said. “I’m game!”

    “Are you?” Rice shot back. “Well, stack up $2,500 against that money and I’ll see if you are.”

    Sullivan came across on the spot.... (Goldfield, Nevada; 1905) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/20-09.larry-sullivan-goldfield-swindles.html)

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

Lutra_lover ,

History presented brilliantly

With his delightful writing style and personable reading manner, Finn J.D. John has created a brilliant and relatively family friendly podcast on the highlight and lowlights of Oregon history.

Spanning nearly 200 years and all parts of the Beaver state, Mr. John presents the listener with tales of unfortunate ships crews, lively country doctors and preachers, mysterious deaths, looney politicians and beloved institutions.

A typical podcast is usually a brisk, informative 10 to 15 minutes long. In that time Finn miraculously presents tales from Oregon history that are succinct and fascinating. The episodes website includes a clickable link to the episode you can listen to on the internet, a transcription of the read text and, where available, images pertaining to the topic.

I can’t count how frequently I’ve recommended this podcast to others, now I’m sincerely recommending it to you. Mr. John has a brilliant podcast that is sure to pull you in and leave you wanting more

MailmanBrandon ,

Happily filled brain

Thank you sir for this informative and entertaining podcast! I’ve learned so much about my home state and I owe that to you!! Muchísimas gracias !

Craig Dayton ,

One of the Best

Easily one of the best podcasts, Finn J. D. John takes us on some wonderful adventures in Oregon’s past. One does not have to live in Oregon to appreciate this podcast.

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