Famous western author Zane Grey shoots the Rogue River Rapids at Lower Black Bar during a 1925 fishing excursion. He later memorialized the Oregon wilderness in his novel Rogue River Feud.

Zane Grey, famed author of such western novels as Riders of the Purple Sage, was one of the architects of the hardscrabble mythos of the American West.

In 1925, he commissioned three dories for a fishing expedition down the lower Rogue River. Grey loved the Oregon wilderness so much that he purchased land on the river’s banks, built a cabin, and wrote a book there, Rogue River Feud, published in 1929.

Following are images from the 1925 expedition and quotes from Zane Grey’s ode to the wild Rogue.

This article appeared in the July 2009 issue of Portland Monthly.
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