Western Oregon's Willamette Basin, once a vast wilderness, became a thriving community almost overnight. When Oregon territory opened to homesteading in the 1800's, most of the 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 construciton of rail lines and roads. Dams were built to harness the once free-flowing Willamette River and provide power to the growing population.
Authors Elizabeth and William Orr bring to life the changes that sculpted Oregon's beloved Willamette Valley.