PST: Old West train travel, life in Eugene; with Hortense Watkins (WPA Writers Project)


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This is an episode in our weekly series titled 'Primary Source Tuesday.' Each Tuesday we have a reading from a particularly interesting historical item. Sometimes it's a historical tidbit that wasn't quite beefy enough to make a full column out of; other times, an especially interesting old newspaper article; frequently it's a short story from one of the frontier literary magazines that thrived in Oregon at the end of the 19th century. Today it's a Dec. 9, 1938, interview with Mrs. Hortense Watkins, an early Eugene resident, who came to Oregon with a fairly large family in one of the railroad's 'family tourist coaches' (which were not very touristy at all) and settled down in Eugene, where she ran the St. Charles Hotel. To read the source documents from this interview, see

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