How Rudyard Kipling’s salmon trip stamped Oregon in popular imagination

The reputation of author Rudyard Kipling, seen here in 1895, has degraded over the years.

English author Rudyard Kipling didn’t like much of what he saw during his first tour of the U.S. — but he loved his time in Oregon.

“I have lived!” the 25-year-old author bellows, recounting a fishing expedition on the Clackamas River that reached its apex when a large stretch of “living silver leaped into the air far across the water. Eleven-and-one-half pounds of fighting salmon!”

The fishing party returned to Portland, he wrote, “weeping tears of pure joy.”

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