Oregon Historical Society
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This reference, whose own history extends back to 1928, has been revised and expanded since the 5th edition of 1982, and now comprises 5,473 entries with about 1,100 more names mentioned in the text. Dates are given for first recorded use as well as the reasons for the choice of names, and often other interesting information. Regrettably, the compiler, who is pleased to include "Whorehouse Meadow," omits mention of "Cock Rock," preferring the censorial "Rooster... read more --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An Oregon classic since 1928, Oregon Geographic Names is a comprehensive reference to place names throughout the state. A wide range of readers, from librarians and researchers to travelers and avocational historians, have come to depend on the book's exhaustive and sometimes quirky entries over the years.
The seventh edition is significantly expanded, with more than 6,200 entries, arranged alphabetically. Each entry lists the county where the place is located and reports what is known about the origin and meaning of the name. An accompanying CD-Rom holds complete biographical and geographical indexes and maps that show the locations of over 1,600 place names, primarily historic post offices.