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Lost Oregon is a combination of two blogs I did previously: Roadside Oregon and Stumptown Confidential.

Stumptown Confidential is history – my files were lost when the host flipped some switch. I’m saddened that all my work from 2004-2008 is gone for good. Thankfully I still have the photos and put them up on a Flickr account.

So, instead of Stumptown Confidential just dying I thought I’d keep the whole history thing going by combing both blogs. So, I’ve imported Oregon Roadside from Blogger to WordPress and will start from scratch. I’ll do the occasional re-post of some of the Stumptown Confidential content as well.

The goal of the site is the same as Stumptown Confidential’s – document the disappearing Portland and Oregon of the recent past – through postcards, photos and words. Due to my geographical location of Portland metro, the site might be more skewed toward the area though.

Various media mentions

The Guardian in the UK named Lost Oregon as one of the Best Blogs for Travelers.

Here’s a cool piece that Peter Carlin from The Oregonian wrote about my nerdliness.

My blog was named as part of the Willamette Week‘s Best Of issue in 2005.

Thanks for reading!

19 comments

  1. Wow. From a professional standpoint, I can tell you I have reservations on hosting WP. But my 2 month old blog cannot compare to freaking 4 years of material/history lost. That just sucks.

  2. Oh no, it did go! :( If its possible, consider keeping a backup on your own computer this time. Thanks for uploading the pictures to Flickr, though.

    And thanks for the pictures like the one on this page, as I am interested in how the ramps from the west end of the Steel Bridge were laid out when e.g. there was Harbor Drive.

  3. Hello,

    I came across your blog and think that you will find a Portland story project that I launched to be of interest. The project, essentially, is a book that is made up of contributions of images and text from Portlanders about Portland. It will be part yearbook, part coffee-table book, part insiders travel guide. I am seeking contributions right now and I am looking for entries from Portlanders of all walks of life, to help make the story of Portland complete. With this project, I hope to create a greater sense of community identity and pride in Portland and capture the spirit of the city at this point in time.

    You can find all the juicy details here: http://www.ourportlandstory.com.

    I would love for you personally to consider submitting an entry since you already have a plenty of images and material to pull from. I was also hoping you can help get out the word about the submission effort. Anything you can do would be appreciated.

    Thanks for you help!

    ~Melissa Delzio

  4. Your piece on the Castle Restaurant was just forwarded to me. We were neighbors to the Castle (until we moved in 2002) just down Glen Echo Ave. and were disappointed at its demise. It was popular through most of the 1980s and had a noted developer (McMinimans?) that wanted to restore, reclaim, and improve it. The County had other plans and mounted continual roadblocks, as I recall, until he finally gave up.

    1. I was interested in any info on the Castle. My dad used to go there in the 50’s. My family has a funny story about my dad, the Castle and a great Dane.

  5. Just found your site via @lostfortcollins. Re your Stumptown Confidential loss, have you ever tried searching for the site (better yet, individual post titles) in Google and then click the ‘Cached’ option in the search results? You might be able to recover some of the posts.

    1. Thanks Paul – I’ll check it out. Welcome to the site – thanks for coming by via Lost Fort Collins.

  6. You folks might want to consider connecting with me and Carter Case sometime. He has been
    designing restaurants/hotels in PDX for 30 plus years (Heathman, Belinda’s -now Kell’s-Paragon,
    Teardrop,100’s more. We can fill in just about all the restaurant info you can handle from the
    old days-1950’s to the present! I still due consulting and food service projects;boy are there lots
    of irons in the fire now! I always thought a reunion celebration/dinner of the old days for a good charity would be a big hit in PDX…..highlight the pioneers who started & lit the way for what is one of the best food cities/states in the US. Maybe the world;according to the 2/24/2012 article in US News/World Report- “World’s Best Street Food” (#12: Paris, France, #6:LA,Ca.,#1 PDX!!!!)

  7. Hi –

    I’m putting together a project to promote Portland neighborhood histories. Would you please contact me?

    Thanks

  8. I am not sure where to ask this question, but I am trying to remember the name and location of this tiny Italian restaurant which seemed to be located on the west side of the Willamette, sort of south of town center. When I was a student nurse (1959-1962) it was a place we went to often. The spaghetti was served on huge platters which you ate from one side of the platter and your friend ate at the other end. The last time I was there was around 1971. If anyone could tell me the name and location and when it closed, I would love that.

  9. Calling all Oregon History Buffs! Arcadia Publishing is looking for new authors!

    Due to the great demand for titles on local and regional history, we are currently searching for authors to work with us on new photographic history projects. Arcadia works with many first-time authors, as well as seasoned writers. Our editors are seeking proposals on local history topics and can provide potential authors with detailed information about our publishing program as well as book proposal submission guidelines. Please contact us if you are interested.

    http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/authors/

  10. Not sure how to connect to you by email but I was interested in seeing the copy of the Anic Dope from the late 60’s that John Chilson references in posts from August and September 2008. I live in a historic house in the area was wondering if it or any neighboring houses were in it. Can someone email me at greenerpasturesnw@gmail.com
    Thanks
    Stephen

    1. Hi,
      I am looking for anyone with information on a woman who drowned in the great flood of ’64, her name was Evelyn Sam, she was also with another woman, Nettie White. They lived on the Warm Springs Reservation and I’ve tried contacting them with no reply. If anyone can help put me in contact with someone at the reservation or knows family of these women that I could contact, I’d be more than grateful. The reason is almost beyond explanation.

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