It was here the first settlements for agriculture

  • It was here the first settlements for agriculture were made and a provisional government organized, while the settlers, isolated in the far wilderness, numbered only a few thousand and were laboring under the opposition of the British Government and the Hudson's Bay Company.  Eager desire in the acquisition of territory on the part of these pioneer state-builders was more truly boundless than the wilderness they were in, and their unconscionable patriotism was equaled only by their belligerence.  For here, while negotiations were pending for the location of the northern boundary fake oakleys, originated the celebrated "Fifty-four forty or fight,"  about as reasonable a war-cry as the "North Pole or fight."  Yet sad was the day that brought the news of the signing of the treaty fixing their boundary along the forty-ninth parallel, thus leaving the little land-hungry settlement only a mere quarter-million of miles!

    As the Willamette is one of the most foodful of valleys fake oakley sunglasses, so is the Columbia one of the most foodful of rivers.  During the fisher's harvest time salmon from the sea come in countless millions, urging their way against falls, rapids, and shallows, up into the very heart of the Rocky Mountains, supplying everybody by the way with most bountiful masses of delicious food, weighing from twenty to eighty pounds each, plump and smooth like loaves of bread ready for the oven.  The supply seems inexhaustible, as well it might.  Large quantities were used by the Indians as fuel, and by the Hudson's Bay people as manure for their gardens at the forts.  Used, wasted, canned and sent in shiploads to all the world, a grand harvest was reaped every year while nobody sowed.  Of late, however, the salmon crop has begun to fail, and millions of young fry are now sown like wheat in the river every year, from hatching establishments belonging to the Government.

    All of the Oregon waters that win their way to the sea are a tributary to the Columbia, save the short streams of the immediate coast, and the Umpqua and Rogue Rivers in southern Oregon.  These both head in the Cascade Mountains and find their way to the sea through gaps in the Coast Range, and both drain large and fertile and beautiful valleys.  Rogue River Valley is peculiarly attractive cheap oakleys.  With a fine climate, and kindly, productive soil, the scenery is delightful.  About the main, central open portion of the basin, dotted with picturesque groves of oak, there are many smaller valleys charmingly environed, the whole surrounded in the distance by the Siskiyou, Coast, Umpqua, and Cascade Mountains.  Besides the cereals nearly every sort of fruit flourishes here, and large areas are being devoted to peach, apricot, nectarine, and vine culture.  To me it seems above all others the garden valley of Oregon and the most delightful place for a home

    .  On the eastern rim of the valley, in the Cascade Mountains, about sixty miles from Medford in a direct line, is the remarkable Crater Lake, usually regarded as the one grand wonder of the region.  It lies in a deep, sheer-walled basin about seven thousand feet above the level of the sea, supposed to be the crater of an extinct volcano.

    Oregon as it is today is a very young country, though most of it seems old oakley sunglasses.  Contemplating the Columbia sweeping from forest to forest, across plain and desert, one is led to say of it, as did Byron of the ocean, --

      "Such as Creation's dawn beheld, thou rollest now."