Three Rivers School: Mr. Gleason, 4th Grade—Oregon in the 1800s

Deschutes Public Library Online Resources

In the “Online Resources” section of the Deschutes Public Library website (www.deschuteslibrary.org/onlineresources), check out the databases in the Homework category! Use your library card (including Library Linx cards) to log in, or use them at a public library. Do a keyword search or browse the categories in these databases for magazine and journal articles covering your topic.


Many books on Oregon history will be located in the library using the call number 979.5, exploration of the West, including the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Oregon Trail can be found at 978.02.

Or look at the books listed below!

Cover Image You Wouldn't Want to Explore with Lewis and Clark! : An Epic Journey You'd Rather Not Make
Morley, Jacqueline.
New York : Franklin Watts, An Imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2013.

Brief text, sidebars, labeled illustrations, and humorous cartoons depict explorers Lewis and Clark, outlining their routes, personal experiences, and encounters with the Native Americans.

Cover Image Surviving the Oregon Trail
Stefoff, Rebecca, 1951-
Berkeley Heights, N.J. : Enslow Publishers, c2012.

"Read about how over half a million men, woman and children risked their lives and traveled west on the Oregon Trail in hopes for a better future"--Provided by publisher.

Cover Image Mountain Men of the Frontier
Sundling, Charles W.
Edina, Minn. : Abdo & Daughters, 2000.

Discusses some of the explorers and trappers who journeyed west to hunt and trade beaver pelts and other commodities during the early nineteenth century.

Cover Image The Tragic Tale of Narcissa Whitman and a Faithful History of the Oregon Trail
Harness, Cheryl.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, 2006.

Cover Image Nations of the Northwest Coast
Smithyman, Kathryn, 1961-
New York : Crabtree Pub. Co., c2004.

Explores how the waters, mountains, and forests of the Pacific Northwest have provided food and shelter for groups such as the Tlingit, the Haida, and the Kwakiutl for thousands of years.

Cover Image Plateau Region : Cayuse, Walla Walla & Umatilla People
Boule, Mary Null.
Vashon, WA : Merryant Publishers, c1999.

A look at the culture and history of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla peoples of the Pacific Northwest, with information on village and family life, religion, hunting and fishing practices, and native arts.


Oregon's History in the 1800's, and general information


Historic Oregon Newspapers


Read and search Oregon’s historic newspapers, going back to 1846!


Oregon Blue Book

This is the Web version of the Oregon Blue Book, the official state fact book about all levels of government in Oregon... and more. 


Oregon History Project and
Oregon History Project Historical Records

An educational project of the Oregon Historical society with pictures, information, and primary documents from our history.


Oregon State Archives


Crafting the Oregon Constitution, including information on the fur trade, missionaries and settlers prior to statehood.


PBS’s New Perspectives on the West


This program discusses a variety of people, places, events, and resources pertinent to Oregon in the 1800s.


Lewis and Clark


Jefferson’s West
Explore the Lewis and Clark Expedition from Thomas Jefferson's perspective and discover why the expedition was so important to him.


Lewis and Clark: A Journey of the Corps of Discovery
This PBS Web website is a comprehensive resource about Lewis and Clark's expedition. It includes in-depth historical and biographical information.


Lewis and Clark Expedition and the USGS
United States Geological Survey presents science and natural history along the trail.


Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark
National Geographic challenges students to join Lewis and Clark's expedition in this online adventure where students become privates in Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery.


Lewis and Clark
Scholastic Publishers provide this online activity resource where students may test their packing smarts, and can be a reporter back in the 1800s.


Tribes Discovered Along the Way
Information about each of the native tribes the expedition encountered along their journey.


Journals of Lewis and Clark
The University of Virginia presents digital transcripts for Lewis and Clark's journals. The website is organized by chapter and one can print an .rtf version of the journals.


Plants, Animals and Tribes
National Geographic online presents information on the animals, plants and Tribes discovered during the expedition.


Pioneers Traveling the Oregon Trails


History Globe


Maps and information on the Oregon Trail.


Oregon California Trails Association


Trail stories and facts from the many routes.


National Oregon/California Trail Center

This site has a lot of information from the starting points for emigrants, wagons, oxen and supplies, dangers and a description of a day on the trail.


Oregon Trail Game


This website has a lot of great information. Come by the public library and try out the actual game!


Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

From the National Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, this site has good information on the Oregon Trail. Find more information under the “OR Trail History” tab.


Oregon Trail in Oregon


Clickable map of the route through Oregon with information on specific sites, pictures and more.


Triumph & Tragedy: Women’s voices from the Oregon Trail

This site provides basic information about women on the Oregon Trail. From Oregon Public Broadcasting.


Pioneers/Settlers in Oregon


Oregon Territory and Its Pioneers


Lists and links to great information on settling the Oregon Territory. Includes information on all the major groups to settle Oregon (Native Americans, fur traders, missionaries, and settlers).


Fur Traders


Historic Oregon City


Article on the “fad for furs” and their role in Oregon’s development.


History Channel


On this day in history, October 23, 1813, American fur traders turn Astoria over to the British.


Oregon Blue Book, Land Based Fur Trading



Oregon History Project


Early exploration and fur trading outposts.




PBS’s New Perspectives on the West


Information on Marcus and Narcissa Whitman


Trail Tribes


Umatilla tribe’s perspective on early missionaries to Oregon.


Native Americans in Oregon


A wide variety of Native American groups have lived, and are currently living in Oregon. The following list is not exhaustive, and the links are to their current political entity (not always based in Oregon). Some of the groups were not historically Oregon tribes but live here now; others were originally from Oregon, but were removed to other states. 

Chinook Indian Nation
Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians
Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde Community of Oregon
Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians (includes Alsea, Chinook, Kalapuya, Molalla, Shasta, Rogue River Peoples, Klickitat, Takelma, Tututni, including all Athapascan bands from southwestern Oregon, Tillamook, Coos, and more)
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (includes Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla)
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (includes Pauite, Wasco, Warm Springs)
Coquille Indian Tribe
Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Indians
Crow Nation
Kiowa Tribe
Klamath Tribes (including Klamath, Modoc, Yahooskin)
Nez Perce Tribe
Pauite (Burns Pauite Tribe)


American Indians in the Pacific Northwest


History of American Indians in this region, with information on missionaries and fur traders, from the Library of Congress.

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Last modified on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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