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Sherman County History Books and Studies
The following are books written during the past 50 years that deal primarily with Sherman County history or communities in Sherman 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.
 
 
Belshe, Bertha. They Paved the Way. Portland: Archetype, 1976. Photographs, Index. 303 pages.
 
A thematic amateur history of Sherman County from settlement through 1976, with an emphasis on the earlier period. Topics include towns, schools, sports, churches, healthcare, transportation, what farming, and changes in lifeways between 1889 and 1976. A full chapter is dedicated to family histories as told by those who lived the experiences and their decedents. Index is to family names.
 
 
Due, John F. and Giles French. Rails to the Mid-Columbia Wheatlands: The Columbia Southern and Great Southern Railroads and the Development of Sherman and Wasco Counties, Oregon. University Press of America, 1979.
 
A scholarly study of transportation and economic development in the Mid-Columbia rea with maps, graphs, photographs and local stories.
 
 
Due, John F. and Francis Juris Rush. Roads and Rails South From the Columbia: Transportation and Economic Development in the Mid-Columbia and Central Oregon. Bend: Maverick Publications, 1991.
 
The authors describe the exploration, geology, water, rail, and road development of the region, including their relationship to economic development of the area.
 
 
French, Giles. The Golden Land: A History of Sherman County, Oregon. Portland: Oregon Historical Society, 1958. Notes, Appendixes. 237 pages.
 
A thematic history of Sherman county based on oral histories. Topics include settlement, Native Americans, schools, towns, and industry. No table of contents is provided. Notes located at the end of each chapter are discursive and do not include sources.
 
 
French, Giles.  These Things We Note. Portland: Binford and Mort, 1966.
 
The contains include quotations from the column of the same name and selected editorials published in the Sherman County Journal from 1931-1966.
 
 
Kaseberg, Sherry Woods. Sherman County Place Names (third edition). Self-published, 2009. 182 pages.
 
An alphabetical account of the origin of place, street and road names in Sherman County with reference to sources.
 
 
Nielsen, Lawrence E. and Deanne M.  Roads of Yesterday in Northeastern Oregon.  Bend: Maverick Publications, 1990. Maps, photos.
 
The history and maps of roads from The Dalles to Walla Walla, and of northeast Oregon.

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