Introduction from Secretary of State Dennis Richardson
Our entire team is proud to present the 2017–2018 edition of the Oregon Blue Book, the state’s directory, almanac and fact book. For more than a century, this publication has provided the official record of Oregon’s rich history, diverse economy and accessible governance — each edition preserved forever. The Oregon State Archives Division spends countless hours gathering the data and photos, then compiling the elements in this book to make Oregon history come alive.
This edition of the Blue Book is particularly exciting because its unique theme shines a spotlight on an element of Oregon life that truly unifies our shared experience: Oregon’s breathtaking outdoor recreational adventures. The awe and wonder of our state’s natural beauty blesses Oregonians of all ages, for all ages. In the informative and colorful pages that follow, you will learn about the pathways of public access and the many ways to enjoy Oregon’s environmental beauty and recreational
In addition, the youngest Oregonians have a special opportunity to present their perspectives on our state’s outdoor activities with the Blue Book student essay contest. Access to nature and outdoor adventures are crucial for developing minds and bodies, and Oregon children have countless opportunities to play, explore and experience our state’s geology, hydrology and biology. While reading these student essays, I hope you’ll be transported back in time to a childhood memory of a school bus field trip, a state park hike or favorite family camping experience—memories from your own formative years.
As a people, our lives are as intertwined as the hiking trails that crisscross the state. The backbone of this system is the Pacific Crest Trail, and no dedication to the Oregon outdoors would be complete without its inclusion. The trail’s golden anniversary is nearly upon us as we prepare to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 — the genesis for the creation of the massive 2,659-mile trail connecting California, Oregon and Washington. We hope you agree that Oregon’s 430 miles of the trail are the most spectacular of all! We are pleased to present an exhibit [coming soon] of the Pacific Crest Trail in this edition of the Blue Book. The Oregon section of the trail traverses Crater Lake National Park and ancient, dormant volcanoes such as Diamond Peak, Mount Washington, Three Fingered Jack, The Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood. Explore the exhibit and, then, explore the trail for yourself.
Oregonians have so much for which to be thankful, and this publication helps us remember and record the many significant elements that make Oregon great. A special thanks is due to the Oregon State Archivist Mary Beth Herkert and her team for all their diligent and dedicated work on this publication. I look forward to the years ahead and the future chapters that will fill the Oregon Blue Book.
Secretary of State
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