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Workers at the Umatilla Ordnance Depot, 1943

Workers at the Umatilla Ordnance Depot, 1943

This photograph shows workers at the U.S. Army’s Umatilla Ordnance Depot stenciling and inspecting 155-millimeter artillery shells. It was taken by an Oregon Journal photographer …

Oregon History Project
Workers build patterns at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., c.1943

Workers build patterns at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., c.1943

This photograph comes from the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation collection; it was likely part of the company's series of publicity photos it used in its various …

Oregon History Project
Workmen Battle Mud, Wolf Creek Highway

Workmen Battle Mud, Wolf Creek Highway

This 1936 photograph shows men building the Wolf Creek Highway, which later was renamed the Sunset Highway (US 26) in honor of a Portland area …

Oregon History Project
Yakama Nation & Corps Discuss Celilo Settlement

Yakama Nation & Corps Discuss Celilo Settlement

This photograph of various representatives of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was taken during …

Oregon History Project
Yamhill Area Land Use Map

Yamhill Area Land Use Map

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Soil Conservation Service published this 1980 map showing designated farmland and urban growth boundaries in Yamhill County. In …

Oregon History Project
Yamsi Barn

Yamsi Barn

The first cattle were introduced to the Klamath Basin in the winter of 1856 by Judge F. Adams, a California rancher who grazed his herd …

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Yat Sing Music Club

Yat Sing Music Club

This photograph of the Yat Sing Music Club was taken by Nancy Nusz in 1994. The music club has been performing Cantonese opera in Portland …

Oregon History Project
Yelleppit and the Walla Wallas

Yelleppit and the Walla Wallas

This excerpt from Meriwether Lewis’s journal describes the Corps of Discovery’s encounter with Walla Wallas and their headman Yelleppit (Tamtappam). After crossing the Umatilla River—which Lewis …

Oregon History Project
Yosuke Matsuoka

Yosuke Matsuoka

This photograph of Yosuke Matsuoka—part of the Oregon Journal collection—was taken in July 1940. Matsuoka was a Japanese diplomat who played a key role in …

Oregon History Project
Young Cadets Drill at Hill Military Academy

Young Cadets Drill at Hill Military Academy

This ca. 1920 photograph shows students on the campus of the Hill Military Academy in northwest Portland. Private schools have a long history in Oregon, …

Oregon History Project

Interpretive Essays

Interpretive essays use primary documents from the Oregon Historical Society archives to help readers imagine the events, people, and issues that shaped Oregon history.