Southwest Oregon History

Southwest Oregon Indian woman with burden basket, ca. 1860 (LaLande 1980: 123)

The following materials were largely assembled during the course of research for a 2007 report commissioned by Oregon State University College of Forestry Forest Sciences Department and USDI Bureau of Land Management with NW Maps Co. (Zybach 2007). They have been made available to the general public via a 2008 contractual agreement between USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc., and under separate informal agreement with NW Maps Co. These files are intended for the use of students, teachers, researchers, and general public with an interest in the history and management of southwest Oregon's natural and cultural resources. Additions and corrections to this site are planned as better information is made available.

1826-1856 Native Residents.

1852-1856 Immigrant Music.

1855-1882 GLO Tree Species and Diameter Classes

1884 Historical Landscape Patterns (Walling 1884)

1884-2007 Historical Maps and Survey Notes

1899 Forestry Report (Leiberg 1900)

1916 Timber Cruise Data

1936-1937 Chetco Basin Landscape Patterns (Osborne panoramic photographs)

References [Online] & [PDF_2007]


Source Description
Black & Black 1990 Photographs and captions of Applegate Valley history
Johnson 1978 Photographs and captions of Applegate Valley history
LaLande 1980 Historical photographs of SW Oregon
Walling 1884 Detailed drawings of SW Oregon landscapes


A. People
Native Indian Residents, 1826-1856
Regional Visitors, 1826-1851
  Immigrant Settlers, 1852-1884
Notable Residents, 1885-2007
B. Places
  Indian Names, 1826-1851
  Cultural Landscape Patterns, 1826-1884
Alphabetized Index to Place Names, 1827-1980
Geographic Index to Place Names, 1852 - 1980
C. Plants
Cultural Plants: Indicator Species
Landscape Patterns: Cultural Aspects
Documented Indian Burning Practices
D. Chronology
  10,000 BP to 1000 AD: Ancient Lands and People
  1000 to 1500: Ancient Forests
  1500 to 1650: Historical Old-growth Forests
  1650 to 1775: Historical Second-growth Forests
  1776 to 1851: Early Historical Forests
  1852 to 1856: Rogue River Indian Wars
  1857 to 1884: Gold Mining
  1885 to 1945: Family Farming
  1946 to 1986: Logging
  1987 to 2007: Forest Fires

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