Joseph S. Ruckle
In Oregon, he captained Van Bergen's Oregon Steam Navigation Company steamship named the Fashion on the Columbia River. He then built his own boat, the Mountain Buck, and then a railroad portage. The rail portage, which was the Oregon Portage Railroad, was around the Cascades on the Columbia, and was the first railroad in Oregon.
Ruckle was elected state senator in 1858 over Clackamas and Wasco counties. A Democrat, he represented District 2, but as Oregon had not yet entered the Union, there was no official session in 1858. He only served during the 1859 special session, the first meeting of the state legislature.
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- Worker's of the Writers Program of the Works Progress Administration (1940). Oregon, End of the Trail. American Guide Series. US History Publishers. p. 71. ISBN 1-60354-036-9.
- Bancroft, Hubert Howe (1888). History of Oregon. II. p. 432.
- "1858 Regular Session (1st Pre-Admission)". Oregon Legislators and Staff Guide. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
- "1859 Special Session". Oregon Legislators and Staff Guide. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved 18 January 2010.