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A 1940 Oregon Coast Tour: An Oregon State Archives Exhibit

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About the text
Oregon State Board of Control. Oregon: End of the Trail. Portland, Oregon: Binfords & Mort, 1940.




Looking north from Devils Punch Bowl (G530).

Looking north from Devils Punch Bowl (G530). Enlarge image

The 1940 tour of the Oregon coast that you have just experienced represents only a taste of the many tours described in Part III of Oregon, End of the Trail entitled "All Over Oregon." A total of ten tours crisscross the backroads of the entire state weaving a tapestry of history, geography, culture, economy, and legend.

These tours are enhanced by a reading of Part I entitled "Past and Present." 1940 vintage descriptions of the natural settings, history, agriculture, commerce, architecture, tall tales and legends, and literature of Oregon highlight the offerings of Part I.

Part II, entitled "Cities and Towns," brings further depth to the tours. This part includes city maps, descriptions of points of interest, and a wealth of facts about life in the towns and cities circa 1940. For example, it would cost you a quarter to golf nine holes in Eugene and it would cost you seven cents to get to the golf course on a city bus.

We hope that this book and this Web tour of the Oregon Coast enhance your appreciation of Oregon history. Contact us for information about how to access our extensive holdings of state agency, local government, and legislative records and photographs. Or browse the Oregon State Archives Web site for further information.

About the images
When possible, the tour images have been placed close to associated text. The original Highway Department photograph identification numbers are in parentheses () after each description. These are just some of the thousands of tourism photographs and negatives dating from the mid-1930s to about 1980 in the Oregon State Archives holdings. Copies of the original photographs or negatives are available. Contact us for more information.

For modern color photographs of many of the areas shown in this coast tour, visit the following pages:

Clatsop County   Tillamook County   Lincoln County   Lane County
Clatsop County   Tillamook County   Lincoln County   Lane County
Douglas County
Coos County
Curry County
Douglas County   Coos County   Curry County