Featured Books

If you are interested in early Oregon History, the following books help illustrate many of the chapters written in T. T. Geer's book.

Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail Stories: True Accounts of Life in a Covered Wagon by David Klausmeyer
In the mid-1800s, thousands of hardy pioneers braved the long and arduous journey across the Great Plains for a chance to build a new life in the West. These emigrants traveled more than 2,000 miles to the Pacific Ocean over the Oregon Trail in what became the largest mass migration in American history. Oregon Trail Stories offers a selection of these narratives told in the pioneers' own words. From the diary of a member of the Donner Party to an excerpt from the memoirs of a girl orphaned as her family made their way West, these documents speak of the difficulties of an uncertain future and the hardships of the trail - including the very real threat of illness or death.

The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman
In 1846, a young man of privilege left his comfortable Boston home to embark on a strenuous overland journey to the untamed West. This timeless account of Parkman's travels and travails provides an expressive portrait of the rough frontiersmen, immigrants, and Native Americans he encounters, set against the splendor of the unspoiled wilderness.

Multimedia Accounts and Games

Oregon Indian Wars

Uncertain Encounters: Indians and Whites at Peace and War in Southern Oregon, 1820s-1860s by Nathan Douthit
This study offers a complex view of Indian-white relations in the region. Rather than focus mainly on well-documented incidents of conflict and federal Indian policy, Douthit directs attention to peaceful interactions as well. He shows that in the years leading up to the Rogue River War, Indians and whites interacted with uncertainty, alternating between acts of friendship and hostility. "Uncertain Encounters" begins with a critical investigation of the Hudson's Bay Company's fur-trade relations with southern Oregon Indians, emphasizing its responsibility for Indian hostility. It turns next to exploration of the region by white Americans and to early encounters between Indians and white miners and settlers. It reexamines the Rogue River War, providing the first detailed picture of Indian casualties and the war's impact on the Indian population. Finally, it describes the removal of Indians to the Siletz and Grand Ronde reservations as told from the perspective of Indian oral narratives as well as white accounts. As a major aspect of the story, Douthit highlights the development of a little-known middle ground of relationships between Indian women and white men during and after removal.

These two accounts, rendered as historical fiction, of the Nez Perce War are also interesting in their own right:

Oregon Pioneers and History

General History of Oregon by C.H. Carey
This unique volume is recognized as the standard reference authority on the Oregon County, offering the greatest fund of Northwest historical information ever presented in a single volume. From the 15th century through early statehood, it is the record of every significant historical event, social force, and trend in the vast area known as the Oregon Country. Includes maps and photographs.