Twenty disasters spanning more than a century are brought to life in this engagingly written volume. Among the true accounts dramatically retold are the deadly Mount Hood avalanche of 1927, the 1933 Tillamook forest fire (one of the worst in U.S. history), the devastating tsunami of 1964, and the 1903 flash flood in Heppner, which carried away a fourth of the town's inhabitants.
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It’s only human to be fascinated by disasters and uplifted by reports of survival in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Rachel Dresbeck takes you back to Oregon’s most catastrophic events, vividly re-creating the moments that changed the Beaver State forever. The twenty true stories in Oregon Disasters are a chilling reminder to expect the unexpected and to respect the powerful, often deadly forces of nature.
Experience the drama of:
The 1903 flash flood that killed nearly one-quarter of the population of Heppner
The 1922 fire that devoured the resilient city of Astoria
A 1978 plane crash in East Portland that claimed surprisingly few lives
The rescue of Mount Hood climbers injured in a 250-foot slide in 2002
A century of marine accidents the Mimi in 1913, the New Carissa in 1999, and the Taki-Tooo fishing charter in 2003
Rachel Dresbeck is a writer and editor who lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and dog. Among other things, she is coauthor of Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon, and Insiders' Guide to the Oregon Coast. The daughter of two historians, she has long meditated on the scope and variety of disasters and how they shape the human experience and test the will of people.
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Book Description Globe Pequot, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110762739932