The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Silverton from local author Gus Frederick. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.
Incorporated in 1854, Silverton sits at the eastern edge of the Willamette Valley and gives way to the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It was built along Silver Creek, a location used for countless years by native people. As the town grew, it became a shipping center for the timber and agricultural industries of the area.
During the early part of the 20th century, Silverton's mills helped supply the nation with lumber. Like many small towns, Silverton has changed with the times, but it has retained its small-town feel as a vibrant community with a diverse population. The community has nurtured many talents over the years, including political cartoonist Homer Davenport and astronaut Donald Pettit.
Highlights of Silverton:
• The majority of the images in the book came from the Silverton Country Historical Society.
• Silverton’s founding mother Polly Crandall-Coon laid out Silverton around an old Oak tree.
• Crandall-Cook named Silverton after near-by Silver Creek.
• Before Silverton, another town called Milford was started; it only lasted a couple of years.
• Silverton’s airport was the scene of barnstorming air shows in the 1920s.
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