presenting 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Signing 3:20pm - 3:50pm
Western Oregon’s Willamette Basin, once a vast wilderness, became a thriving community almost overnight. When Oregon territory was opened for homesteading in the early 1800s, most of the intrepid pioneers settled in the valley, spurring rapid changes in the landscape. Heralded as fertile with a mild climate and an abundance of natural resources, the valley enticed farmers, miners and loggers, who were quickly followed by the construction of rail lines and roads. Dams were built to harness the once free-flowing Willamette River and provide power to the growing population. As cities rose, people like Portland architect Edward Bennett and conservationist governor Tom McCall worked to contain urban sprawl. Authors Elizabeth and William Orr bring to life the changes that sculpted Oregon’s beloved Willamette Valley.
About the Orrs: Elizabeth and William Orr have worked at the University of Oregon since 1967 with appointments in the Department of Geology and with the Condon paleontology museum. Undergraduate and graduate studies were completed at Oklahoma, California and Michigan. Their first book on Oregon fossils has been consistently updated and reissued since publication in 1981, and in addition, they have coauthored The Geology of the Pacific Northwest, The Geology of Oregon and Oregon Water.