Lost Oregon is a combination of two blogs I previously did : Roadside Oregon and Stumptown Confidential wayyyyy back in 2005.
Content for Stumptown Confidential was 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.
The goal of Lost Oregon was the same as Stumptown Confidential’s —document lost and found Oregon through old postcards, newspaper ads, photos and words.
This site’s goal has changed since its beginnings. It’s less about people’s personal memories. Lord knows, there are plenty of online avenues to share how much you enjoyed going to downtown Portland as a kid or how much you miss that one restaurant that had the best fries ever.
Lost Oregon is now more focused on the architecture of Oregon, some buildings lost to time, others being repurposed, recast, and reused.
Oregon has a ton of great old commercial buildings with great bones. Let’s be creative with them instead of tearing them down.
Various media mentions
Over the years Lost Oregon has been mentioned and featured in various publications. Here are a few:
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 obsession.
Lost Oregon (when it was still Stumptown Confidential) was named in Willamette Week‘s “Best of” issue in 2005 (with the infamous Greg Oden cover).
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