Introduction from Secretary of State Kate Brown
Dear Fellow Oregonians:
Welcome to the Web version of the 2013-2014 edition of the Oregon Blue Book.
As always, the stunning Oregon Blue Book is the most complete source available for information regarding Oregon’s history, economy, government and culture. Every edition promises new and interesting information.
This year’s featured Web exhibit celebrates 100 years of open Oregon beaches. In 1913, the legislature declared the entire length of the ocean shore from Washington to California as state highway.
Oregon Governor Oswald West led the effort after the Oregon State Land Board sold about 23 miles of tideland, closing the beach to public. Governor West made the argument for public ownership based on the need for transportation.
We also celebrate 100 years since the birth of Governor Tom McCall. He was responsible for the second beach bill that was passed and signed in 1967, keeping Oregon’s beaches open and public. To this day, Oregonians enjoy “free and uninterrupted use of the beaches.” State and federal courts continue to uphold Oregon’s right to regulate development of these lands and preserve public access.
Also in this edition you will notice new legislative maps. The Oregon Legislature completed re-districting in 2011. More new and interesting information includes Jory soil, Oregon’s newly-designated official state soil, named for the Jory pioneer family of South Salem.
You can also order a print version of the Oregon Blue Book. Whether online or in print, please enjoy learning more about why Oregon is such a great place in which to live, work and play.
Secretary of State
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