History

Drawing lightning and inspiration in southeastern Oregon

Hiram E. Leslie lay suffering in what was then called Dugout Gulch by everyone in southeastern Oregon. Lightning had reached out and touched the accused cattle rustler after he had declared his innocence to friends. “If I’m guilty of stealing my neighbor’s cattle, may the Lord strike me dead on the spot,” Mr. Leslie fumed.

Lode & Placer: 150 years of mining claims on public lands

by Heather Feeney, Public Affairs Specialist 

Utah's cowbelle: Katherine Fenton Nutter

Story by Angela Hawkins, Public Affairs Specialist. Photo courtesy of the Utah Historical Society.

BLM OR/WA Staff

The race to save Yaquina Head

Since the lighthouse was built in 1871, Yaquina Head has been a landmark and navigational beacon. But it wasn’t always protected by public land. When a nearby quarry threatened the lighthouse and the very rock it stood on, two local women banded together to preserve the outstanding natural area for future generations.

Northeastern States District’s stewardship partner receives Michigan Governor’s Award

Each year during National Historic Preservation Month in May, the Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation in Michigan honor outstanding historic preservation achievements reflecting a commitmen