Digging into the history of ‘Fruitlands’

An early Lorane orchard getting sprayed.

An introduction

Oregon’s earliest history lessons usually involve the stories of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the hunters and trappers who provided pelts for trading with the Native Americans, the migration over the Oregon Trail by its early settlers, cattle drives, and gold seekers passing through the area in search for gold in Southern Oregon and California.

They tell about the impact that the Oregon Territory’s bountiful and beautiful Douglas fir, pine, and cedar forests have had on our . . .