Jo-Brew is the author of OREGON’S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 “The
Stories” and co-author with Pat Edwards of OREGON’S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99
“The Folk History.” In addition, she has written six woman's fiction novels.
When Jo decided that she was ready to leave fiction behind, she embarked on a new
road, drawing on her interest in Oregon and its history which led to the publication of the
two Highway 99 books.
Jo is also an active member of The Association of University Women (AAUW)and, for
seven years, she wrote a weekly column for the Creswell (Oregon)Chronicle.
“When I'm not writing, thinking about writing, or talking about writing, I garden, keep a
house and spend time with my friends. My husband Ken and I both like to travel and go
when we can. We also combine activities with our grown children and their families as
often as possible. School concerts, ball games, ultimate frisbee, picnics and camping are
all part of our lives.”
OREGON'S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 "The
By Jo-Brew (Pat Edwards, Editor & Collaborator) (2013) - 340 pages
Long before Interstate 5 was built, Pacific Highway, later designated U.S. Highway 99,
became our “Main Street” not only through the State of Oregon, but from Mexico to
Canada. Unlike I-5, U.S. Highway 99 went through towns and small communities along its
path, bringing them the means to connect with the rest of the state and nation. Jo-Brew
takes us on a trip, south to north, beginning at the California-Oregon border, as the
highway continues its climb through the Siskiyou Mountains. We then go down through
the connected valleys where economies were built on orchards, forests, farm lands,
recreation and businesses built to support the growing reliance on the automobile and
commercial truck traffic that used it daily to deliver people and products to their
destinations. OREGON’S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 “The Stories” takes us along
this route today, but it is filled with the stories of those who grew up, worked, played and
raised their families in the communities along its path. Over 150 individuals shared their
stories, some in the form of old letters and diaries, but most in first-person accounts
through interviews, letters, email and even phone calls all done personally by Jo-Brew.
Nearing completion is her companion book, “The History” which she is allowing me to co-
author. It will contain more stories and insights into these same communities along the
route of U.S. Highway 99 that connect with their earlier histories. For those who love old
pictures, you will be treated to many more than we were able to include in “The Stories,”
too. So, climb on-board Jo’s little red Rambler and let’s take a ride up Oregon’s “Gut,” or,
if you’re too young to remember driving “the Gut” in your own hometown, let’s take a drive
on “Main Street Oregon.”
~ Pat Edwards, author Sawdust and Cider; A History of Lorane, Oregon and the Siuslaw
Valley (1987 & 2006); and collaborator and co-author, OREGON'S MAIN STREET: U.S.
Highway 99 "The Folk History"
OREGON'S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 "The
By Jo-Brew and Pat Edwards (2014) - 558 pages
In 1913, the first shovelful of dirt was turned by Oregon Governor Oswald West on the
Siskiyou Pass to mark the beginning of the construction of the long-dreamed-of Pacific
Highway through Oregon. At the time, the whole State of Oregon had only 25 miles of
paved road. Even after construction of the highway had begun, it was mainly dirt and
gravel for quite some time. Federal money did not pour into the project until 1921. Up to
that time, it was up to the individual counties along the route to come up with the funding
to build the roads through each of their areas. By its completion in 1926, however, it was
adopted as U.S. Highway 99 and was declared the longest improved highway in the
country by 1928.
Actually, the history of the highway began long before 1913. This book will cover how the
route for the Pacific Highway was determined through its use by Native tribes and later by
trappers, miners and settlers who used portions of the California and Applegate Trails in
their journeys, and eventually by the stage lines and the railroad. It will also show how
each of the settlements along its route were formed and grew into prospering cities, small
rural communities and some that are now ghost towns.
Join us on our journey through these communities as we wend our way north from the
California border where the Pacific Highway first started from that shovelful of dirt. You’ll
learn about some of the interesting, but lesser-known, aspects of their histories and the
people who were instrumental in making them what they are today.
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