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5 Fun Facts About August 25 In Oregon History

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1. The first public library in Oregon was established on August 25, 1864, in the town of Jacksonville. It was called the Jackson County Library Association and operated out of a rented room in a local store.

2. On August 25, 1912, a forest fire swept through the town of Detroit, Oregon, destroying most of the buildings and killing nine people. The fire was caused by lightning strikes and burned over 3,000 acres.

3. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival held its first performance on August 25, 1935, in Ashland, Oregon. The festival has since become one of the largest and most popular regional theater companies in the country.

4. On August 25, 1951, the Tillamook Burn, a series of wildfires that had been burning in the Coast Range of Oregon for over a month, was finally contained. The fires had burned over 350,000 acres and destroyed more than 700 homes.

5. August 25, 1966, marked the opening of the Oregon State Capitol, a new building that replaced the previous statehouse, which had been destroyed in a fire in 1935. The new building is topped by a distinctive gold-plated statue of a pioneer, known as the Oregon Pioneer.
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