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Long before the city of Salem got its name, the lush valley was a favorite winter camping location for the Kalapuya tribe. Jason Lee first ventured to Oregon in 1834, at the invitation of Northwest tribes, creating a mission and a settlement here. Native Americans called it "Chemeketa." William H. Willson, who laid out the city plan in 1851, called it "Salem." Both words mean "peace." Salem's central location, in the middle of the Willamette Valley's agricultural belt, made it an ideal location for the new capital of Oregon. Since then, Salem's character has largely been influenced by the presence of woolen mills, crop production, and many state institutions. Surviving devastating floods and fires in all three state capitol buildings, Salem and its people have a history of resilience, leadership, and public service.
ISBN: 9780738571393
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oregon
Series: Images of America
Images: 216
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Tom Fuller and Christy Van Heukelem have a long history with Salem. Fuller reported from Salem for over a decade with Portland television station KGW and is the author of a book chronicling labor in Oregon. Van Heukelem is a genealogist and the children's material cataloger for the Salem Public Library. Images in this book come from the Oregon State Library, the Salem Public Library, and the Mission Mill Museum, among others.
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