Pat Edwards is an author, editor, publisher and historian. She has written
two books on the history of Lorane, Oregon called Sawdust and Cider; A History of
Lorane, Oregon and the Siuslaw Valley (1987) and From Sawdust and Cider to
Wine (2006). She also served as the managing editor and publisher for
Groundwaters magazine, a literary quarterly distributed throughout Lane County, for
the past 6 years. Pat is the current Lorane columnist for both the Fern Ridge Review
and the Creswell Chronicle weekly newspapers. She worked with Jo-Brew on both
Highway 99 books, OREGON'S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 "The Stories" and
"The Folk History," first as editor and collaborator for the first book and lead author
on the second one. We now work together on promoting the books throughout
OREGON'S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99
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.”
OREGON'S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99
"The Folk History"
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.
Sawdust and Cider: A History of Lorane, Oregon
and the Siuslaw Valley
By Patricia Ann Edwards, Nancy Seales O’Hearn and Marna Hing (1987) – 156
From Sawdust and Cider to Wine
By Patricia Ann Edwards (2006) - 274 pages
Originally published in 1987 as Sawdust and Cider; A History of Lorane, Oregon and
the Siuslaw Valley, this book is a major revision. Published in September 2006, From
Sawdust and Cider to Wine has grown from 165 to 274 pages. It contains over 230
black and white photographs, 100 family histories and 6 maps from the community of
Lorane, Oregon, located southwest of Eugene in Lane County, Oregon.
“But, if I’m not from the Lorane, Oregon area, why would I want to read your book?”
You don’t have to have any connection to Lorane or, for that matter, Oregon, to find
this book of interest. For the “Baby-Boomer” generation, it will evoke communication
came across the airwaves of the family’s wonderful Zenith radio or via the crank
telephone’s party lines. It will bring forth memories of vacations taken in the family car
when “getting there” was half the fun! You’ll remember how you and your friends
picked daisies and watched propellered airplanes fly overhead as you lie on the lawn
during long slow days of summer vacation, dreaming of adventures that you would
encounter when you “grew up.” It will bring back the realization that the “good old days”
were not always easy or untroubled, but they were far less complex.
For many, it will bring back the stories told to us by our parents and grandparents of
the World Wars, the Depression, the “horse and buggy days” and the pioneering spirit
that formed our great nation.
Yes, this book is based on the little community at the south end of Lane County,
Oregon – a former timber community now internationally known for its production of fine
wines. But it also chronicles the fairly recent history of the pioneers who braved the
elements and the unknown and traveled the Oregon Trail and the Applegate Trail to
carve out – hopefully – better lives for themselves and their families.
|~ 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"
|Books Published For Others by Groundwaters Publishing
OREGON'S MAIN STREET Coloring Book
By Pat Edwards (2016) - 36 pages
This is the first book in the OREGON’S MAIN STREET Coloring Book series.
Pat Edwards, co-author of the OREGON’S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 “The Folk
History” has embarked on a series of adult and children’s coloring books to compliment this
historic piece of Oregon’s past.
The books are meant to elicit the memories that so many of us have of life along its route
in the first part of the 20th century.
Join us in our journey on the Pacific Highway/U.S. Highway 99 through Oregon!