Economic Phoenix: A.B. Hammond, the Panic of 1893 and the Astoria and Columbia River Railroad

October 27, 2014 at 7pm

Greg Gordon is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University, having received his PhD in History from the University of Montana. His latest book, Money Does Grow on Trees:
A. B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron explores the ecological costs of frontier capitalism. Although reviled in his home state, Montana businessman and railroad builder, A. B. Hammond was regarded as a hero in Oregon upon his completion of the long-awaited Astoria and Columbia River Railroad. This presentation will focus on Hammond's railroad and lumber enterprises activity in Oregon at the turn-of-the-century and how he turned one of the nation's worst depressions to his advantage.