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I visited again and again. I loved it. I moved.
People move to Portland for an assortment of reasons. Access to nature, food, a slower pace from larger cities, and for some, the opportunity to grow a beard without abandon. Personally, I can't grow a beard, but three out of four isn't bad.
Chuck Palahniuk's Fugitives and Refugees fueled my early Rose City explorations. However, I quickly discovered there was so much more. The stories of Oregon have something for everyone. Want a true crime thriller? Try Sky Jack by Geoffery Gray. It reopens the case of hijacker D.B. Cooper who, in 1971, parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines jet with $200,000 cash. For a fictionalized version of the story, there's William Sullivan's The Case of D.B. Cooper's Parachute. How about a trip down to Corvallis to investigate the fascinating life of Edmund Creffield and fanatical following that would rather be forgotten in Holy Rollers? Perhaps settling in with an Oregon classic is more your taste? Below is a sampling of interesting Oregon histories. If you'd like more like these or any other recommendations you can always ask me.