Oregon Geographic Names

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, which was compiled and edited by Lewis L. McArthur[note 1] (who died in 2018).

Oregon Geographic Names
Cover of 7th edition
AuthorLewis A. McArthur and Lewis L. McArthur (editors)
SubjectOregon place names
PublisherOregon Historical Society
Publication date
1928 (1st edition); 2003 (7th edition)
Pages1073 p. (7th edition)
ISBN9780875952789
OCLC636774573
979.5/003
LC ClassF874.M16 2003
LCCN 2003-20467

Content

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

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]

YearEditionEditorPublisherPagesLibrary of Congress
Control Number
19281stMcArthur, Lewis A.Binford & Mort450pp.LCCN 28-6175
19442ndMcArthur, Lewis A.Binford & Mort581pp.LCCN 45-36769
19523rdMcArthur, Lewis A.Binford & Mort686pp.LCCN 53-95
19744thMcArthur, Lewis L.Oregon Historical Society835pp.ISBN 0-87595-038-8LCCN 72-86812
19825thMcArthur, Lewis L.Western Imprints (Oregon Historical Society)839pp.ISBN 0-87595-113-9LCCN 82-18808
19926thMcArthur, Lewis L.Oregon Historical Society957pp.ISBN 0-87595-236-4LCCN 92-17234
20037thMcArthur, Lewis L.Oregon Historical Society[note 2]1073pp.ISBN 0-87595-278-XLCCN 2003-20467

Lewis L. McArthur died in 2018.[7] His daughter, Mary McArthur, reportedly took over editorship for the book's upcoming 8th edition.[8][9][10]

Notes

  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

  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". 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.
  6. McArthur, Lewis A. and Lewis L. McArthur, "Preface", Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition), Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland, Oregon, 2003, p. viii.
  7. Perry, Douglas (September 7, 2018). "Lewis McArthur, who set state's geographic names standard, dies". The Oregonian. p. A14.
  8. Welch, Bob (June 22, 2008). "When studying Oregon names, McArthur reins [sic]". The Register-Guard. p. C17. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  9. Welch, Bob (September 9, 2008). "Place name takes its place on the map". The Register-Guard. p. B13. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  10. Richard, Terry (December 26, 2009). "Opie Dilldock Pass? Noti? What's in an Oregon name?". Retrieved 2012-02-03.
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