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Vanport by Carl Abbott

In its short history, from 1942 to 1948, Vanport was the nation’s largest wartime housing development, a site for social innovation, a lightning rod for …

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Vanport Extension Center by Bryce Henry

The Vanport Extension Center grew from a converted shopping mall and recreation center in the World War II city of Vanport into Portland State University, …

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Stephen E. Epler (1909-1997) by Charles White

Stephen E. Epler, the founder of the Vanport Extension Center—the beginning of today's Portland State University—was born in Brooklyn, Iowa, in 1909, the son of a …

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Blacks in Oregon (essay) by Darrell Millner

Periodically, newspaper or magazine articles appear proclaiming amazement at how white the population of Oregon and the City of Portland is compared to other parts …

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Kaiser Shipyards by Gordon Oliver

During World War II, industrialist Henry J. Kaiser established three shipyards in the Pacific Northwest, two in Portland and one in Vancouver, Washington. Kaiser’s Northwest shipyards …

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Albina area (Portland) by Roy Roos

By the late 1880s, Albina, located across the Willamette River from Portland, was the fastest growing city in Oregon. In July 1891, the city was annexed by …

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Columbia River (essay) by William L. Lang

The River For more than ten millennia, the Columbia River has been the most important and intensively used part of Oregon’s natural landscape. The river’s main …

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First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church by Stan Fonseca

First African Methodist Episcopal Zion is Portland's oldest African American church. Founded in 1862 as the People’s Church, the congregation first met in Mary Carr’s …

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Portland State University by Bryce Henry

Located in downtown Portland, Portland State University is Oregon’s urban research university. One of the two largest universities in the state, it is also the …

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Billy Webb Elks Lodge by Fred Leeson

The Billy Webb Elks Lodge, a modest, shingle-sided building located at 6 North Tillamook Street in Portland, is a reminder of the city's largely segregated …

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