Images of America: Oregon’s Capitol Buildings

Learn the storied history of Oregon's capitol buildings

About the Book

The state of Oregon has had not one, not two, but three state capitol buildings. Two of them met a sudden and unexpected end, destruction by fire. William Willson, a pioneer of Salem, donated some acres from his Donation Land Claim for a state capitol. The first, built in 1855, may have been torched in a desperate fight to move the capitol to Corvallis. A second capitol, built in 1873, was patterned after the US Capitol in Washington, DC. This capitol, adorned with a beautiful copper-clad dome, faced west toward the Willamette River. On April 25, 1935, a fire started in a basement storage area. It quickly spread to the whole structure, and within four hours, the entire thing lay in ruins. After an exhaustive design process, a new capitol was built in the midst of the Great Depression, topped with a golden pioneer.

Genre: History
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Publication Year: 2013
List Price: 23.14
eBook Price: 12.99
About the Author
Tom Fuller

Tom is a history author and the founder of Imagine Public Relations. Tom is an award-winning web designer, communications professional and video producer. Tom resides in the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. See my Amazon author page at:

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