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5 Fun Facts About December 6 In Oregon History

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1. Oregon became a state on December 6, 1859. However, it was not until 1949 that the Oregon Legislature officially declared December 6 to be Oregon Statehood Day.

2. On December 6, 1917, a massive explosion rocked the city of Portland. A ship carrying explosives and ammunition bound for the war effort in Europe had caught fire and exploded, resulting in the deaths of at least five people and causing extensive damage in the surrounding area.

3. In 1910, on December 6, a group of suffragettes chained themselves to the balcony of the Senate chamber in Salem to protest the fact that women were not permitted to vote. This event is considered to be a pivotal moment in the fight for women's suffrage in Oregon.

4. December 6, 1922, marked the opening of the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. This iconic lodge, designed in the rustic style that was popular during the Great Depression, has become a beloved destination for skiers, hikers, and tourists from around the world.

5. On December 6, 1988, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) opened its current location in Portland. The museum has since become one of the leading science museums in the country, with a wide range of exhibits and activities designed to inspire curiosity and learning in people of all ages.
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