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5 Fun Facts About April 17 In Oregon History

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1. In 1853, Isaac Stevens signed a treaty with the Native American tribes of the Willamette Valley, establishing the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation. Today, the reservation is home to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

2. On April 17, 1924, a massive logjam on the Columbia River near Vancouver, WA caused several deaths and a significant loss of timber. The event prompted the US Army Corps of Engineers to begin a decades-long project to clear the river of hazards.

3. In 1936, the Oregon Coast Highway was officially dedicated, connecting Astoria to the California border. The scenic route is now designated as US Route 101.

4. On April 17, 1964, the first US Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics took place in Wichita, Kansas. The event has since become a global movement, with law enforcement officers carrying the torch through their communities to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics.

5. In 1995, Portland's Museum of Contemporary Craft opened its current location in the Pearl District. The museum showcases contemporary art and craft from around the world, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest.
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