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5 Fun Facts About February 21 In Oregon History

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1) On February 21, 1887, Oregon's first state prison was established in Salem. Prior to the prison's creation, convicted criminals were sent to prisons in other states.

2) In 1961, the state of Oregon officially adopted the flag that is still used today on February 21. The flag features the state seal on a navy blue field.

3) On February 21, 1915, a group of suffragettes marched to the Oregon State Capitol in Salem to demand the right to vote. The women were met with hostility and violence from anti-suffrage groups.

4) In 2002, February 21 was declared "Salmon Homecoming Day" in Oregon, in recognition of the return of Chinook salmon to the state's rivers and streams.

5) On February 21, 1846, a group of settlers led by Cornielus Gilliam established a new settlement in the Willamette Valley. The settlement, which was named Gilliam's Old Field, eventually became part of the city of The Dalles.
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