Historic Photo Collection
This website contains thousands of historic Oregon photographs
dating from the mid 1800's, with a special focus on the City
of Salem and Western Oregon communities. The photographs are
digitized and searchable. Most of the photographs were assembled
from a variety of local and private sources and collections.
The website was created by the Salem
Public Library and is an important resource for those interested
in the history of Oregon.
The Salem Public Library also sponsored the creation of the Salem History Project which was funded by a two year grant provided by the Library Services and Technology Act by the Oregon State Library, State administered Program, P. L. 104-208 beginning in 2003.The grant ended in 2005 and the site has not been updated since that time.
The Amazing Marionberry
The Marionberry is a bright, glossy blackberry with medium
to large fruit, somewhat longer than wide. It is
special to the area because it is named after the county in
which it was developed, and 90% of the world's Marionberries
are grown near Salem.
There are only a handful of areas in the world where caneberries
thrive and Oregon's Willamette Valley, known as the Caneberry
Capitol of the World, offers the most favorable of all climates...
Capitol Devoured by Fire
In a spectacular blaze which began as Salemites ate dinner,
the Oregon State Capitol was destroyed by fire a second time
on April 25, 1935. Smoke was discovered coming out of an elevator
shaft at about 6:30 that evening; the fire had apparently started
in the basement of the 59-year-old statehouse. Firefighters
up and down the valley rushed in to try to save the brick and
sandstone structure, but the fire had already reached the dome
when they arrived... Learn