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5 Fun Facts About August 27 In Oregon History

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1. On August 27, 1862, the town of Jacksonville, Oregon was destroyed by a massive fire. The fire started at a local stable and quickly spread throughout the town, burning over 30 buildings to the ground. Although the fire left many homeless, the community was able to come together and rebuild the town from the ashes.

2. On August 27, 1929, a solar eclipse was visible from Oregon. The total solar eclipse was visible from Newport, along the coast of Oregon, and drew thousands of visitors to the area to witness the rare event.

3. On August 27, 1937, the Columbia River Highway in Oregon was completed. The scenic highway stretches from Portland to The Dalles and was the first scenic highway built in the United States.

4. On August 27, 1959, the first public demonstration of a computer mouse took place at the American Institute of Electrical Engineers in Oregon. The mouse was invented by Douglas Engelbart, who was then working for the Stanford Research Institute.

5. On August 27, 1998, six firefighters lost their lives in the Thirtymile Fire in Okanogan National Forest, Washington. The firefighters had been sent to the area to monitor a lightning strike and were overcome by sudden and intense flames. The tragedy brought attention to the importance of forest firefighting safety and continues to be remembered in the firefighting community.
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