Today in History–August 14–the Library of Congress features Oregon, which Congress named a territory on this day in 1848. The territory was massive, encompassing present-day Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and parts of western Montana and Wyoming. The smaller state of Oregon joined the union in 1859. Learn more about Oregon by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary sources.
Oregon stories from America’s Library
Bungled Borders in the Pacific Northwest (Part 1) Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps blog June 13, 2016
Travels to & through Oregon After Lewis & Clark, Rivers, Edens, Empires online exhibition
Oregon image set from American Memory
More Oregon images
“Arrah go on, I’m gonna go back to Oregon” (song recording)