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A daily (5-day-a-week) podcast feed of true Oregon stories -- of heroes and rascals, of shipwrecks and lost gold. Stories of shanghaied sailors and Skid Road bordellos and pirates and robbers and unsolved mysteries. An exploding whale, a couple 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. From the archives of the Offbeat Oregon History syndicated newspap ...
 
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Preacher Edmund Creffield's Bride of Christ Church broke up families, sanctioned adultery and inspired deadly violence in the early 20th Century. Ironically, its practitioners' goal was perfect holiness and godliness. (Corvallis, Benton County; 1900s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1105e-bride-of-christ-holy-rollers-in-corval…
 
IN THE DECADES before the First World War, an organization called Chautauqua arose that was something like a summer camp for grown-ups.People would take vacation time and travel to the Chautauqua center and stay there in tents, either brought from home or rented on site, for a week, or two weeks, or even longer. There, they’d take classes, attend l…
 
After finding a battered lifeboat washed up on shore from a fatal shipwreck, Joel Munson made it his life's mission to use it to start a life-saving service. Today, his creation soldiers on, as part of the U.S. Coast Guard. (Columbia River Bar, Clatsop County; 1860s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1106c-joel-munson-founded-li…
 
Even today, after 135 years, the lawless era of vigilantes and rustlers and six-gun justice meted out by “Judge Lynch” is evoked by the words on an old Klamath Falls tombstone: “Murdered by Masked Assassins, June 24, 1882.” (Linkville (Klamath Falls), Klamath County; 1880s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1609d.calavan-laws-feu…
 
The pilot got so caught up in trying to figure out what was wrong with the landing gear, the plane ran out of fuel — while the flight crew bit their tongues for fear of being insubordinate. A new crew management system was the response. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1970s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1712d.united-flight-173-…
 
On any list of Oregon “firsts,” there’s one name that almost never pops up - Dr. Adaline M. Weed. Which is understandable, because although Dr. Weed was the first female physician in the Oregon Territory, she was not a “regular” doctor – she was a hydropathist, a practitioner of “water cure.” Maybe that's why, today, when asked who the Oregon Terri…
 
Olympic gold medalist and OSU legend Robin Reed might have been the best wrestler of all time; throughout his 20-plus-year career he was never once pinned. But his plan for the "Delake Rod and Gun Club" was more than he could pull off. (Lincoln City, Lincoln County; 1930s, 1940s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1106b-robin-ree…
 
He couldn't claim all the credit for it, although he sometimes tried; and his attitude toward Native Americans was unfortunate. But those who love Crater Lake, in large part, have William Gladstone Steel to thank for it. (Crater Lake, Klamath County; 1880s, 1900s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1609cT.crater-lake-will-steel-40…
 
The old Portland shanghai scene's 'original gangster' was a mysterious character. Did he really inherit a huge fortune? If not, where did the money come from? Stagecoach robbery? Piracy on the high seas? Anything was possible with this guy .... (Multnomah and Clatsop County; 1870s, 1890s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1212c-j…
 
West Coast Airlines Flight 956 was a brand-new DC-9; the airline literally bought it on Monday and crashed it on Saturday. It hit a mountain while flying calmly along, 5,000 feet too low. But, no one has been able to figure out why. (Welches, Clackamas County; 1960s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1712c.oregons-worst-plane-cra…
 
ESPECIALLY IN THE LATE 1800s, the Oregon frontier was no stranger to acts of judicial lynching – where the local legal system was corrupted to provide cover for murder. What’s more unusual, though, was an 1852 event that amounted to judicial cattle rustling. The cattle that the Benton County courts rustled belonged to a woman named Letitia Carson, …
 
Governor Charles Henry “Iron Pants” Martin may have saved the world from a Nazi nuclear holocaust by outplaying President Roosevelt, essentially forcing him to finance a hydroelectric dam that he thought was superfluous. (Bonneville, Multnomah County; 1930s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1609a.bonneville-wins-ww2-407.html)…
 
As the fishery collapsed, canneries on the upper river near Cascade Locks and gillnet fishermen on the lower river near Astoria blamed one another; both were right, but the biggest culprit was Grand Coulee Dam. (Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Hood River, Wasco County; 1900s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1609b.fish-wheels-and-…
 
Like the hero of an 1800s “cautionary tale,” 17-year-old Joseph Swards stepped off the ship, fell in with bad company, got caught up in a robbery that went horribly wrong — and in the end was lucky he wasn't hanged. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1870s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1212b-young-adventurers-visit-to-portland-end…
 
In the past 75 years, there have been only four lethal commercial-airliner crashes in Oregon. By an odd statistical fluke, two of those happened to planes flying out of the airport in Klamath Falls. (Klamath Falls, Klamath County; 1960s, 1970s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1712b.klamath-falls-plane-crash-capitol-473.html)…
 
The gregarious young entrepreneur usually cleared $2,500 – that’s the equivalent of $57,000 in modern currency – on each county fair. His profit margin hovered around 92 percent. How did he do it? By selling cheap cigars — wrapped in an expensive story. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1870s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1912a.a…
 
Bride of Christ cult sought perfect righeousness, Christ-like simplicity and total humility. In practice, though, it spawned nothing but misery and madness, and a legal precedent for “honor killings.” (Waldport, Lincoln County; 1900s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1106a-bride-of-christ-holy-rollers-in-corvallis-ending.html)…
 
The century-long quest to make the Columbia River Bar reasonably safe got off to a rough start in 1853, when the ship bringing construction materials for its first lighthouse became one of its early victims. (Columbia River Bar, Clatsop County; 1850s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1608d.taming-the-bar.405.html)…
 
Lessons learned in the crash ended up saving countless lives in subsequent at-sea ditchings, but those lessons came at a price: Four people died, including the co-pilot who had saved everyone's life. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1950s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1712a.pan-am-845-ditching-off-coos-bay-472.html)…
 
LOST OR ABANDONED cabins pop up so often in legends of missing gold mines and buried treasure that they are almost a cliché. Most of them follow a clear pattern or formula — in fact, all lost-treasure stories do: The seeker stumbles across the treasure while doing something else; he is called away for some reason; and he can never find his way back…
 
The massive dirigibles were housed in the largest clear-span wood buildings in the world, near Tillamook; one burned in 1992, while the other houses the Tillamook Air Museum today. (Tillamook, Tillamook County; 1940s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1105d-blimp-squadron-first-defense-against-submarines-balloon-bombs.html)…
 
Crook County citizens finally decided they'd had enough of the secretive lynchings and killings; they banded together and defeated the gang of masked riders without a single shot being fired. (Prineville, Crook County; 1880s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1212a-prineville-vigilantes-defeated-without-a-shot.html)…
 
In Crook County, the early 1880s were like something out of a Louis L'Amour novel: Masked riders galloping around by night, dispensing what they saw as justice. It all started with the lynching of an innocent man. (Part 1 of 2) (Prineville, Crook County; 1880s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1211d-lynching-kicked-off-vigilante…
 
Jack Graham had planned for the airliner to explode over the Wyoming mountains; but the plane got out late, and the bomb went off a few minutes after takeoff — while he sat with his wife and son in an airport cafe. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1950s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1711d.united-629-dynamited-on-flight-to-pdx-47…
 
The highway engineer in charge of getting rid of a big stinky dead whale on the beach miscalculated the amount of dynamite he would need. The result was a spectacular event that has become a true Oregon legend. (Florence, Lane County; 1970s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1608bT.exploding-whale.404.html)…
 
A small construction engine was being used to build the South Jetty, to protect the mouth of the Columbia River for ships, when one off-course sailing ship crashed into it — so construction crews chugged to the rescue. (Columbia River Bar, Clatsop County; 1910s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1105c-railroad-train-rescues-ship…
 
Loaded with ordinance and launched by the thousands on the jet-stream currents, the weapons were a much bigger threat to American citizens than most now realize — and one of them probably started the 1945 Tillamook Burn. (Salmonberry River, Tillamook County; 1940s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1608cT.balloon-bombs.405.html)…
 
Sent downstairs to fetch a pan of powdered milk, a kitchen assistant at the Oregon State Hospital dipped his scoop into the wrong bin — and brought back six pounds of roach poison. It was mixed into the eggs and fed to 467 people. (Salem, Marion County; 1940s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1211c-asylum-kitchen-mixup-killed-hu…
 
Although nearly everyone agreed the Mache family had had it coming, evidence at the scene convinced the sheriff that Kelsay Porter had ambushed them in cold blood, and the jury sentenced him to swing for it. But the neighbors characterized the whole affair as a railroad job. (Pine Valley, Union and Baker counties; 1890s) (For text and pictures, see…
 
The history of Portland mayors in the 20th century largely comes down to the story of the struggle of progressive reformers against various forms of corruption and vice. Put that way, it sounds like a clean morality play: good vs. evil. But it’s a bit more complicated than that. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s) (For text and…
 
When Dr. James Chapman was elected mayor of Portland in 1882, it was his third non-consecutive stint as P-town’s top executive. His previous two mayorships had been relatively unremarkable. This one, his third and final stint, would be different. Things started out reasonably well, although a careful newspaper reader at the time might have detected…
 
Over the years, the city of Portland has had its share of controversy and drama in the Mayor’s office. At times, the political tableaux in the top job in Oregon’s biggest town have ripened into scenes that wouldn’t be out of place in a Vaudeville act. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbea…
 
The grand monument to the Gilded Age was a municipal architectural treasure and hosted U.S. presidents, but was razed in the 1950s to make way for a parking garage; all that remains is a wrought-iron rail. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1880s, 1890s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1211b-pioneer-courthouse-square-once-palatial-ho…
 
An East German man, running from the law in a stolen Volvo full of guns and fake IDs, apparently dropped the hand grenade he was preparing to throw at the pursuing officer and was unable to retrieve it in time. (Crater Lake, Klamath County; 1980s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1711b.merzejuskis-blows-self-up-at-crater-lake-46…
 
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