Monday, February 25, 2019

Hotel Oregon History Pub

Henry Villard and Northern Pacific Railroad – Financial Power and Economic Development in the Pacific Northwest, 1879-1896

Hotel Oregon - Mattie's Room

5:30 pm doors, 6:30 pm program

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

Share this event

Add to Calendar

Qualifies for “Attend a McMenamins History-Sponsored Event” Experience Stamp.

Why not stay the night too? Mention you’re attending the History Pub for 10% off your hotel room.

About Henry Villard and Northern Pacific Railroad – Financial Power and Economic Development in the Pacific Northwest, 1879-1896

Henry Villard and Northern Pacific Railroad – Financial Power and Economic Development in the Pacific Northwest, 1879-1896

Presented by Tom Mertes, Linfield College

Early corporate efforts to develop a railway system in Oregon took off with the arrival of Henry Villard to Portland. He was a central figure in the development of the Northern Pacific Railroad that bound the Northwest to the Midwest and East Coast. While the road bankrupted several times in its early history, it served as a central institution for the circulation of people and products within the state and the national market. Villard’s inability to stem its financial failures shifted control of the Northern Pacific from the West Coast to New York and Europe. Why did the railroad go into bankruptcy? Why was it revived? Who controlled the corporation after each bankruptcy? What were the implications for the future of Oregonians and “their” economy?

About the Speaker:

Tom Mertes is the competitive scholarship advisor and director of the Arts and Humanities in Action program at Linfield College. He also teaches classes in the History Department. He is the editor and co-author of A Movement of Movements: Is Another World Really Possible? (Verso 2004). Prior to coming to Linfield College, he was the administrator of UCLA’s Center for Social Theory and Comparative History and taught U.S. history courses for UCLA Extension. 

About Hotel Oregon History Pub

Hotel Oregon History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp