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Marion County History Resources

The following are books and publications written during the past 50 years that deal primarily with Marion County history or communities in Marion County. If you have additional books to suggest, please complete this form. You may also use this [ pdf ] version.
This listing is merely to inform people of some of the available history books. It is not an endorsement of any or all of the publications. 
Chapel, Jill A. Historic Resources Evaluation of a Portion of the Old Champoeg-Salem Road, Marion County, Oregon.  Eugene: Heritage Research Associates, 1992. Maps, photographs, bibliography, appendix. 47 pages.  
This a survey and site evaluation of historic resources adjacent to Champoeg State park. The author provides an overview of the history of the Champoeg-Salem road and the several historic resources identified in the project area. PDF [3.7 MB]
Chapel, Jill A. Turner, Oregon Historic Context Statement. Eugene: Heritage Research Associates, 1997. Maps, photographs, tables, bibliography, appendices. 75 pages. 
This context survey covers 1843 through 1950. The author provides a comprehensive overview of Turner’s history, including migration to and settlement of the area, agriculture, the impact of industrial growth and the railroads, the progressive era, the development of the municipal water system and the motor age through World War II and the post-war era. The study includes informative tables that list carpenters and builders, and potential stakeholders of historic preservation efforts. PDF [4.74 MB] 
Evans, Gail E. H., Silverton, Oregon, Historic Context Statement, Silverton: City of Silverton, 1996. Maps, Photographs, Illustrations, Bibliography. 102 pages.  
The author discusses the history of Silverton from exploration and the coming of the fur trade in the 1860s through the end of World War I. A list of notable persons is included as part of the historic overview. The majority of the document focuses on identification and evaluation of properties potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic places. A chapter on treatment discusses future preservation needs. PDF [8.69 MB]
Fleetwood, Evangelyn, Ed. Just a Few of Our Memories: Mill City, Oregon, 1888-1988. 2 Vols. Gates: North Santiam Historical Society, 1988, rev. 2000. Photographs, index. 60 pages.
A collection of oral histories as told to the author by older residents of Mill City during the city’s centennial. 
Ginsbach, Tod L. City of Stayton: Inventory of Historic Sites Context Statement, Stayton: City of Stayton Planning Department, February 1993. Bibliography, 29 pages
This document served as the first in-depth survey and inventory of cultural resources in the Stayton area. It provides an overview of events and themes in the history of Stayton, covering the period 1792 (exploration) through 1943 (the “motor age”), and includes written narrative, maps, tables with population information, a bibliography and a listing of the community’s prominent individuals. PDF [2.29 MB] 


Jette, Melinda Marie. At the Hearth of the Crossed Races: A French Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century Oregon, 1812 -1859. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2015. Bibliography, illustrations, index, maps, notes. 337 pages.

This social history of the French Prairie focuses on the changes and adaptations in the homeland of the Ahantchuyuk Kalapuyans. The Kalapuyans adjusted to the arrival of French-Indian and French-Canadian families, followed by Anglo-American colonization.  This multi-racial history offers an alternative vision of early Oregon in the lives of the biracial French-Indian familiies whose community challenged notions of white supremacy, racial separation and social exclusion. 

Kadas, Marianne. Historic Context Statement, Salem, Oregon. Salem: City of Salem, 1992. Maps, bibliography. 95 pages. 
This study discusses the history and historic resources of Salem between 1834 and 1942. The city’s history is divided into 5 distinct time periods, including initial missionary work in the area, settlement and statehood, the coming of the railroad and industrial growth, the progressive era, and the “motor age.” Much of the document is devoted to identifying and evaluation historic resources associated with the city’s past. A separate section discusses future preservation needs. Appendixes include a list of prominent individuals and additional information on Willamette University, Chemawa Indian School, West Salem, Oregon State Fair, and Salem Parks. PDF [6.21 MB] 
Koler-Morrison Planning Consultants. Marion County, Oregon, Historic Context Statement. Salem: Marion County Planning Department, 1990. Bibliography, appendices. 139 pages.  
The authors of this document briefly discuss the history of Marion County from settlement in the mid 1880s through 1940. Topics are divided thematically by time period. The majority information focuses on identifying and evaluation historic properties that are either listed or potential eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. A separate chapter discusses opportunities for further study and future preservation activities. Appendices include lists of identified properties and important persons. PDF [8.37 MB]

Lau, Ernst. The Waterways of Stayton. Stayton: Santiam Heritage Foundation, 2002. Bibliography, maps, photographs, transcriptions. 116 pages.

A history of the City of Stayton's development, focused on the role of the North Santiam River and the two canals that were constructed through the city. In addition to chapters on the Stayton Ditch, topics include the wool carding plant and other factories and mills, the town water pump, blacksmith shop, steam laundry, log drives, rock aggregate and waste disposal. The author is a lifelong Stayton resident.

LeDoux, Barbara, Margaret Splonskowski, and Patricia Potter. 100th Anniversary: Early Settlers of Holy Rosary Mission: Crooked Finger, Oregon. Scotts Mills: Holy Rosary Altar Society, 1992, rev. 1993. Photographs, Maps, Bibliography. 148 pages.
Publication was compiled from oral histories with church members, marriage records, deeds, death records, census data, newspapers, and other primary sources.  Includes a brief history of the Holy Rosary Mission, and family histories.
Marion County Historical Society, Marion County History, vols. 1-15 (publication dates range 1954-1998.) 
This countywide historical society occasionally began publishing in the 1950s this series of books of articles about individuals, organizations, and events. In addition, it has published a newsletter Historic Marion that contains similar types of articles. To view a table of contents for each volume visit the Willamette Heritage Center online.
Marion Intermediate Education District. Early Schools of Marion County: A Resource Handbook for the Bicentennial. Salem: 1976. Illustrations, bibliography. 107 pages.
Compiled from primary and secondary sources, including maps and indexes.  Includes general histories of past and present school districts from the mid-nineteenth century through the 1970s.
Olson, Theodore W. Early and Recent History of Macleay in the Waldo Hills. Theodore W. Olson, 1975. Illustrations, photographs, maps. 96 pages.
Collection of brief histories, stories, poems, plays, and newspaper clippings about the Macleay area as collected by the author from the mid-nineteenth century through the early twentieth century.  Much information was compiled from oral histories.
Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers, eds., Perseverence: A History of African Americans in Oregon's Marion and Polk Counties, Salem: Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers, 2011. Photographs, index. 261 pages.
A collection of short articles about the history of African Americans in the two counties, including biographical sketches of several dozen buried in Salem's Pioneer Cemetery. 

Ray, Lois E. Helvery and Judith Sanders Chapman, Scotts Mills: A Pictorial History, Scotts Mills: Scotts Mills Area Historical Society, 2012. photographs, illustrations, 142 pages

This heavily illustrated book includes eight articles about topics such as water power, its Quaker colony, business development, mining, recreation and industry.

Salem Historic Landmarks Commission. Historic Salem: An Inventory of Historic Places, Salem: City of Salem, February 1984. Maps, Photographs, 263 pages.   
This publication consists of a collection of survey and inventory documentation for individual sites and structures in Salem. Entries include neighborhood maps, addresses, physical descriptions, photographs and narrative histories for each resource. In addition to the survey and inventory, the publication makes recommendations for designation of certain sites and structures as historic landmarks, identifies secondary and tertiary sites and structures, and mentions sites and structures needing further research. Survey cites sources with physical descriptions. 
Santiam Heritage Foundation. An Inventory of Properties Included in the City of Stayton, Oregon Historic Overlay Districts. Stayton: Santiam Heritage Foundation, 2003. 44 pages.  
This publication contains a map illustrating Stayton’s original plat, the Thomas Stayton Addition and the John Thomas Addition; and property descriptions consisting of addresses, tax lot numbers, building structural information and photographs. PDF [4.30 MB]
Sweger, Blanche, ed. We Were There. 4 Vols. 1980-1983. Illustrations, Tables. Not paginated.
Collection of oral histories about Silver Falls City, Silver Falls, and the surrounding area by long-time residents.  Topics include everyday life, holidays, camping, homesteading, and Silver Falls.
Ulven, Leslie Carol, Hubbard: On the Road of a Thousand Wonders, 1847-1991. Hubbard: Unknown Publisher, 1991. Photographs, map. 48 pages.
When the City of Hubbard celebrated its centennial of incorporation, Ulven compiled this book of oral history excerpts, significant dates and other information about the city. 
Unknown Author. Statement of [Stayton] Historic Context. 6 pages.  
This historic context statement focuses on a brief history of Stayton, including the town’s origin, development of commerce, banking, construction of buildings and transportation through the 1920s. The document contains footnote citations. PDF [379 KB]
Williams, Edgar and Co. Historical Atlas Map of Marion and Linn Counties, Oregon 1878. Salem: Marion County Historical Society, 1976, 2004. Maps, drawings, 104 pages.
This publication contains maps for Linn and Marion Counties with donation land claims noted on them; city, town and village plats; illustrations, biographies and descriptive historical narrative. This is a reprint of the original atlas published in 1878.