the tumultuous story of Oregon's most populous county
In the beginning (1792- 1854)
The county's first hanging; early elected officials (1855- 1869)
A magnificent courthouse, a pauper farm, and a push for consolidation (1864- 1880)
Coxey's army and eight more hangings (1888- 1903)
The progressive era, a crusading sheriff, and the county fair begins (1902- 1914)
D-minus report card, the "king of roads," and a new courthouse (1913- 1922)
County hospital, the kkk, kickback scandals, and more consolidation proposals (1909- 1927)
An elegant bridge, a mighty dam, another jail, and World War II (1928-1945)
Vanport is flooded, a sheriff is recalled, and sheriff Schrunk is put on trial (1946- 1956)
Parks, roads, and three unrelated tragedies (1946- 1960)
Commissioners feud, Delta Dome is rejected, and the first woman deputy is hired (1962- 1966)
Home rule arrives, a sheriff is fired, Rocky Butte prisoners escape (1966- 1973)
Freeways revisited; city-county consolidation fails (1970- 1974)
The Don Clark era; charter upended; nursing home closed; metro created (1975- 1979)
Employees strike, PERS, vote-by-mail, and Rocky Butte Jail closed (1980- 1982)
The laudable "resolution a," city of Columbia Ridge is rejected, a power struggle at the library, and more charter changes (1983- 1990)
East County discontent, first all-woman board, and "Willamette County" (1983- 1990)
The infamous Measure 5, Columbia Gorge battles, and East County efforts to secede (1990- 2001)
From pioneering women to "mean girls" plus a controversial sheriff (2001- 2009)
From Library Staff
Covers the history of Multnomah County. Includes detailed information on some of the Willamette River Bridges.
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