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Eastern Oregon is the eastern region of Oregon. The boundaries of what is considered to be Eastern Oregon vary based on the context. Eastern Oregon is not a formally recognized separate geographic entity. The most common definition of Eastern Oregon is the entire area east of the Cascade mountain range. For some, Eastern Oregon refers only to the eight easternmost counties.


Although Oregon has been a blue state in presidential elections since 1988, Eastern Oregon is one of the major conservative red state parts of Oregon along with Southwest Oregon. It had been a red state from 1964 to 1984. For example, in the 2012 Presidential election, Mitt Romney received at least 60% of the vote in every county in Eastern Oregon.<ref>US Election Atlas, Oregon 2012 Presidential Election. US Election Atlas.</ref>

Since 2007, Oregon, due to the strongly liberal large urban population voting bloc of Portland, has offered domestic partnerships, which are similar to same sex marriage.

Liberal Portland versus Conservative Eastern and Southwestern Oregon

The high population density northwest areas of the state (Portland, Eugene, Salem) are very liberal leaning especially in the area of environmentalism. The southwest area of the state (such as the Rogue Valley, Josephine County and Jackson County) and the portion east of the Cascades are very conservative. Hence, Eastern Oregon (Palouse, Harney Basin, High Desert, Treasure Valley and East Central Oregon) is considered to be part of the conservative American Redoubt area of the United States.

51st State of America?

Conservative secessionist movements exist for Eastern Oregon to secede and join the United States as a 51st state.<ref>Wright, Phil, Group eyes Eastern Oregon as 51st state, East Oregonian, Published April 25, 2008.</ref> This secession movement is similar to other Northwest secession proposals such as the conservative Jefferson (far Northern California and Southwestern Oregon) and conservative Lincoln (Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington).

[[Essay:Survivalist Retreat Potential Rank]]ing Analysis by [[James Wesley Rawles]]

  • Population density: 35 per square mile (Rank 9 of JWR’s top 19 states) (The highest density is in the northwest part of the state. It is much lower elsewhere, particular eastern 2/3rds of the state.)
  • Area: 97,000 square miles (rank 10 of 50).
  • Average car insurance cost: $704/yr. (rank 35 of 50).
  • Average home insurance cost: $343/yr. (rank 47 of 50).
  • Per capita income: $27,660 (rank 25 of 50).



  • Creeping “Californication”.
  • Second lowest church attendance rate in the country.
  • Restrictive zoning and expensive building permits in many western counties.
  • “All transactions involving modern (post-1898) guns at gun shows must now be processed through a FFL-licensed dealer, with the requisite paperwork. Sadly, since gun shows are the best place to find a decent selection of used guns, and since many metropolitan newspapers now refuse to run gun ads in their classified sections, I consider this change in the Oregon law a significant hit against firearms freedom.”
  • Parts of the state are recommended, (with reservations).

“Note: I probably should have given Oregon a lower survival ranking, due to its mediocre gun and tax laws. However, its favorable climate and long growing season pushed it up the list slightly.”

JWR’s Combined Retreat Potential Ranking: 3 of 19.<ref>374 word quotation: Fair Use Source: Rawles, James Wesley. Rawles on Retreats and Relocation. 1st. Clearwater, Idaho: The Clearwater Press, 2007. p. 64. Print.</ref><ref>Recommended Retreat Areas Accessed February 20, 2015</ref>

Eastern Oregon Elected Officials


See Also

Bibliography - Further Reading

  • Corning, Howard McKinley, ed. Dictionary of Oregon History. (2d ed. 1989). 281 pp.
  • Dodds, Gordon B. The American Northwest: A History of Oregon and Washington. (1986). 359 pp.
  • Dodds, Gordon B. Oregon: A Bicentennial History. (1977). 240 pp., popular history by leading scholar
  • Pomeroy, Earl. The Pacific Slope: A History of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. (1965) 412pp
  • Robbins, William G. Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story, 1800-1940. (1997). 392 pp. standard history of the state
  • Schwantes, Carlos. The Pacific Northwest: An Interpretive History. (1996)

Bibliography - Further Reading

[[Strategic relocation|Strategic Relocation]] to Eastern Oregon

Specialized Studies

  • Allan, Stuart; Buckley, Aileen R.; and Meacham, James E. Atlas of Oregon. (1976). 301 pp.
  • Bataille, Connie Hopkins. The Oregon Book: Information A to Z. (1998). 677 pp.
  • Clark, Malcolm, Jr. Eden Seekers: The Settlement of Oregon, 1818-1862. (1981). 327 pp.
  • Douthit, Nathan. A Guide to Oregon South Coast History: Traveling the Jedediah Smith Trail. (1999). 224 pp.
  • Drukman, Mason. Wayne Morse: A Political Biography. (1997). 545 pp. liberal senator 1945-69
  • Drury, Clifford M. Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and the Opening of Old Oregon. (2 vol. 1973). 911 pp. pioneer Methodist missionaries massacred by Indians in 1847
  • Farmer, Judith A. et al. Historical Atlas of Early Oregon. (1973). 53pp.
  • Heider, Douglas and Dietz, David. Legislative Perspectives: A 150-Year History of the Oregon Legislature from 1843 to 1993. (1995). 227 pp.
  • Johnson, David Alan. Founding the Far West: California, Oregon, and Nevada, 1840-1890. (1992). 474 pp.
  • Lang, William L. and Carriker, Robert C., eds. Great River of the West: Essays on the Columbia (1999). 181 pp.
  • Mason, Thomas L. Governing Oregon: An Inside Look at Politics in One American State. (1994). 251 pp.
  • May, Dean L. Three Frontiers: Family, Land, and Society in the American West, 1850-1900. (1994). 313 pp. advanced social history of Sublimity, Oregon, and two other towns
  • Robinson, Thomas; Gifford, Benjamin and Terrill, Steve, photographer. Oregon Then and Now. (2000). 192 pp. photo history
  • Schwantes, Carlos Arnaldo. Hard Traveling: A Portrait of Work Life in the New Northwest. (1994). 234 pp. labor history by leading historian

Oregon Trail

  • Butruille, Susan G. ed. Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail. (1993). 251 pp., primary sources
  • Unruh, John D., Jr. The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-1860. (1979). 565 pp. standard scholarly history


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