[or-roots] Historical maps
rayp6217 at comcast.net
Fri Aug 22 22:14:48 PDT 2008
I've been lurking on this list for a few years and have made a comment or
two when people have asked questions about old 'placenames' and where they
were located. The longtime researchers on this list have probably already
seen it but I just came across a book called "Maps of Historical Oregon" by
R. N. Preston printed in 1972. Western Guide Publishers of Corvallis, OR
were the publishers. Mr Preston seems to have done a number of these books
for the Northwest as I found other books on Washington and Idaho.
It might just be that I am fascinated with maps (always have been, always
will be) but I find this a very interesting publication. There are the
Oregon 1804 - Very little is shown because this was apparently drawn and
used at the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Oregon 1838 - The origin of this early map is unknow; however, it shows the
original spelling of many places, some long since forgotten.
Willamette Valley 1851 - Some interesting names appear on this map in the
Willamette Valley. Some are just interesting spelling variations and some
are names of places that were changed to something totally different.
Oregon 1859 - Very interesting as it was made just as Oregon was a newly
Oregon 1863 -
Indian Battlegrounds 1863 - 1865
Union Pacific Overland Route Map 1890
Oregon Country and Counties
Oregon Military Camps and Forts 1851 - 1880
The 1878 map has a clear overlay that has makes it possible to compare
modern Oregon with Oregon of 1878. While the print on the maps tend to be
small (I find a magnifier to be immensely helpful) there is a lot of info to
The Corvallis Benton Public Library has a copy in the Reference section of
the library. My copy is a privately owned one that I have borrowed for two
or three weeks. Anyone who is interested in locating places on a map would
do well to take a close look at this publication.
s.o. Clarence, s.o. Calvin Russell, s.o. Russell Bartholomew, s.o. Calvin
II, s.o. Calvin I, s.o. of Rowland Powell of MA
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