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Portland’s Lost Waterfront Reviewed by Willamette Week

February 10, 2013


U.S.S. Oregon, with the 6-pounder gun and crewmen. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, LC-D4-20838.

“Barney Blalock, Portland’s Lost Waterfront: What do you do with a drunken sailor?” Of course you’ve heard the stories of victims disappearing in the night: drunken and drugged tourists shipped through Portland’s vast network of turn-of-the-century Shanghai tunnels and sent as sailor slaves on boats to China, never to be seen again. Families wept; children […]

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“Don’t stop in America, go straight to Butte”

June 22, 2012


Postcard view of the Butte Hill, with Corktown and the Anaconda Road in the foreground and winding up the hill. Collection Richard Gibson

As Richard Gibson describes in the opening pages of Lost Butte, Montana, “Butte gets under your skin.” The city’s “story, as reflected in the buildings that line and once lined its streetscapes, is jogs and kinks and stops and starts, a crazy quilt in ten dimensions of space and time and ethnicity and attitude and […]

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History Press Announces First Montana Book

June 14, 2012


Park Street looking west about 1908. Author’s collection.

In 1897, A.C. Snow described Butte, Montana, as: “The largest smokiest wickedest mining camp on the face of the earth….” Today, thousands of visitors make the journey to The Richest Hill on Earth to experience a taste of the West’s mining past, connect with their family roots, and enjoy the festivals and museums that celebrate […]

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