Oregon has a long history of farming and agriculture. Take a look at these amazing, bucolic photographs of Oregon farmland taken between 1936-1943. They’ll transport you to the past.
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19. Hood River Valley, 1941.
Photo caption: "Orchards in Hood River Valley. Mount Hood in background. Oregon"
18. A wagon in a cornfield, Ontario, 1943.
Photo caption: "Wagon of corn at cornhusking contest, Ontario, Oregon"
17. A general farm in Benton County, 1939.
Photo caption: "Note on changing rurual life. On U.S. 99. Benton County, Oregon, Williamette Valley"
16. Bean harvesters, Marion County, 1939.
Photo caption: "Oregon, Marion County, near West Stayton. Migrant pickers harvesting beans. Farm people came from South Dakota"
15. Workers in a celery field, Malheur County, 1942.
Photo caption: "Malheur County, Oregon. Japanese-American girls washing celery sprouts for transplanting"
14. Willamette Valley, 1941.
Photo caption: "Fall gardens and orchards. Willamette Valley, Clackamas County, Oregon. This section produces truck for the Portland area and some out of state export"
13. Hop yard, Polk County, 1939.
Photo caption: "View of hop yard, pickers at work. Near Independence, Polk County, Oregon. "
12. Tillamook County, 1941.
Photo caption: "View of prosperous dairying section. Tillamook County, Oregon"
11. A man picking pears in Hood River, 1941.
Photo Caption: "Pear picker. Hood River, Oregon"
10. Dead Ox Flat, 1941.
Photo caption: "Ray Halstead making a turn while harrowing an irrigated field. He is a FSA (Farm Security Administration) rehabilitation borrower. Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon"
9. A boy and his pet goat, 1941.
Photo caption: "Son of Mr. Browning with his pet goat. Mr. Browning in a FSA (Farm Security Administration) rehabilitation borrower living at Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon"
8. Sunset Valley, Malheur County, 1939.
Photo caption: "View of Sunset Valley, showing hay and clover, pasture land, corn land, grain land. Some of this valley has been under cultivation four or five years. Malheur County, Oregon"
7. A sugar beet field near Ontario, 1939.
Photo caption: "Loading truck in sugar beet field. Average wage of field worker: two dollars and fifty cents per day and dinner and supper during topping. Near Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon"
6. An irrigation canal at Dead Ox Flat, 1939.
Photo caption: "Irrigation canal and the preacher's farm. These large haystacks are characteristic of the country at this period of development. Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon"
5. Umatilla Valley wheat fields, 1939.
Photo caption: "Looking down the newly plowed wheat fields of the Umatilla Valley, Oregon. Thirteen miles south of Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon"
4. A man harvesting red clover in Malheur County, 1939.
Photo Caption: "Mr. Roberts harvesting red clover on his forty acre farm. Malheur County, Oregon."
3. A bean field in Marion County, 1939.
Photo caption: "Bean pickers at harvest time. Pickers in foreground came from South Dakota. Oregon, Marion County, near West Stayton"
2. A cow and her calf in an open field in Madras, 1936.
Photo caption: "Grazing land. Madras, Oregon"
1. A couple picking sweet potatos in Morrow County, 1939.
Photo caption: "Couple digging their sweet potatoes in the fall. Irrigon, Morrow County, Oregon"
We want to give a big thanks to Yale University and the Library of Congress for archiving these photographs and making them available to the public. Amazing, aren’t they? Do you have memories of growing up on a farm? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments.