Hard Times in Paradise: Coos Bay, Oregon

Paperback | May 1, 2006

byWilliam G. Robbins

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Blessed with vast expanses of virgin timber, a good harbor, and a San Francisco market for its lumber, the Coos Bay area once dubbed itself "a poor man's paradise." A new Prologue and Epilogue by the author bring this story of gyppo loggers, longshoremen, millwrights, and whistle punks into the twenty-first century, describing Coos Bay’s transition from timber town to a retirement and tourist community, where the site of a former Weyerhaeuser complex is now home to the Coquille Indian Tribe’s The Mill Casino.

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Blessed with vast expanses of virgin timber, a good harbor, and a San Francisco market for its lumber, the Coos Bay area once dubbed itself "a poor man's paradise." A new Prologue and Epilogue by the author bring this story of gyppo loggers, longshoremen, millwrights, and whistle punks into the twenty-first century, describing Coos Bay...

William G. Robbins is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History at Oregon State University. He is the author of Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story, 1800-1940 and Landscapes of Conflict: The Oregon Story, 1940-2000, among other books.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.6 inPublished:May 1, 2006Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295985488

ISBN - 13:9780295985480

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Table of Contents

Map 1 Coos County, Oregon Map 2 Coos Bay area

Prologue to the Revised EditionPreface to the Original EditionIntroduction1) Poor Man's Paradise2) An Empire Itself3) The "Big Mill" and Its World4) Logging the Coos Timber5) Getting By6) Surviving the Great Depression7) The Second World War8) Lumber Capital of the World9) Timber Fever10) Bosses and Workers11) Hard Times and SurvivorsPost Mortem: Reflections on the Present ConditionEpilogue to the Revised EditionNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

Historians will find this study useful in its survey of the southern Oregon timber industry, in its indictment of the unwise exploitation of resources in the West, and... as a model for a study that can be read and appreciated by those who matter most— the people who are the history.

- Allan Kent Powell, American Historical Review