Oregon Geographic Names

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Oregon Geographic Names
Oregon Geographic Names (7th Edition).jpg
Cover of 7th edition
Author Lewis A. McArthur and Lewis L. McArthur (editors)
Subject Oregon place names
Publisher Oregon Historical Society
Publication date
1928 (1st edition); 2003 (7th edition)
Pages 1073pp (7th edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-87595-278-X (7th edition)

Oregon Geographic Names is a compilation of the origin and meaning of place names in the U.S. state of Oregon, published by the Oregon Historical Society. The book was originally published in 1928. It was compiled and edited by Lewis A. McArthur. As of 2011, the book is in its seventh edition and is compiled and edited by Lewis L. McArthur.[note 1]

Content[edit]

In its introduction, it identifies six periods in the history of the state which have contributed to the establishment of local names:

The seventh edition contains 6,252 entries, with references to another 2,679 names scattered throughout the text.[1] Entries are listed in alphabetical order beginning with A B Crossing, a railroad station in Coos County.[2] The last entry is Zwagg Island, an island near Brookings, Oregon.[3]

Edition history[edit]

The first three editions were edited by Lewis A. McArthur and published by Binford & Mort;[4] Lewis L. McArthur took over from his father as of the fourth (1974) edition, which was the first to be published by the Oregon Historical Society Press.[5]

The seventh edition also includes a CD-ROM with a complete biographic and geographic index as well as various maps of Oregon locations.[6]

Year Edition Editor Publisher Pages
ISBN
Library of Congress
Control Number
1928 1st McArthur, Lewis A. Binford & Mort 450pp. LCCN 28-6175
1944 2nd McArthur, Lewis A. Binford & Mort 581pp. LCCN 45-36769
1952 3rd McArthur, Lewis A. Binford & Mort 686pp. LCCN 53-95
1974 4th McArthur, Lewis L. Oregon Historical Society 835pp. ISBN 0-87595-038-8 LCCN 72-86812
1982 5th McArthur, Lewis L. Western Imprints (Oregon Historical Society) 839pp. ISBN 0-87595-113-9 LCCN 82-18808
1992 6th McArthur, Lewis L. Oregon Historical Society 957pp. ISBN 0-87595-236-4 LCCN 92-17234
2003 7th McArthur, Lewis L. Oregon Historical Society[note 2] 1073pp. ISBN 0-87595-278-X LCCN 2003-20467

The current author's daughter, Mary McArthur, is taking over editorship for the book's upcoming 8th edition,[7][8] which in 2009 was scheduled for publication in 2011.[9][dated info]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lewis' grandfather was Oregon Supreme Court justice Lewis Linn McArthur.
  2. ^ According to the Library of Congress (LCCN 2003-20467), the 7th edition was distributed by University of Washington Press

References[edit]

  1. ^ McArthur, Lewis A. and Lewis L. McArthur, "Introduction", Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition), Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland, Oregon, 2003, p. xi, ISBN 978-0-87595-277-2.
  2. ^ McArthur, Lewis A. and Lewis L. McArthur, "A B Crossing", Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition), Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland, Oregon, 2003, p. 1.
  3. ^ McArthur, Lewis A. and Lewis L. McArthur, "Zwagg Island", Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition), Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland, Oregon, 2003, p. 1070.
  4. ^ Book publishing in The Oregon Encyclopedia
  5. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87595-277-1 (trade paperback), ISBN 0-87595-278-X (hardcover) Check |isbn= value (help). 
  6. ^ McArthur, Lewis A. and Lewis L. McArthur, "Preface", Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition), Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland, Oregon, 2003, p. viii.
  7. ^ Welch, Bob (June 22, 2008). "When studying Oregon names, McArthur reins [sic]". The Register-Guard. p. C17. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  8. ^ Welch, Bob (September 9, 2008). "Place name takes its place on the map". The Register-Guard. p. B13. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  9. ^ Richard, Terry (December 26, 2009). "Opie Dilldock Pass? Noti? What's in an Oregon name?". Retrieved 2012-02-03.