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Journal Article

P.I.B. Ping: A Kansan in 1880s Oregon

Lynn Summers
Oregon Historical Quarterly
Vol. 116, No. 1 (Spring 2015), pp. 110-129
DOI: 10.5403/oregonhistq.116.1.0110
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P.I.B. Ping: A Kansan in 1880s Oregon
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From 1882 to 1885, P.I.B Ping was stationed in Oregon as a special agent for the General Land Office, a predecessor to the Bureau of Land Management. While his specific duties are unclear, Ping traveled around the state and documented his experiences in over thirty letters that were published in the Girard Press, his hometown newspaper in Kansas. In this Oregon Voices piece, Lynn Summers, Ping's great grandson, presents excerpts from approximately 68,000 words written by Ping on the Pacific Northwest. Readers will experience a fascinating outsider's perspective on Oregon during the period, including Ping's descriptions of modes of transportation, the arrival of the transcontinental railroad, and what he considered strange farming practices.

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