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5 Fun Facts About February 6 In Oregon History

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1. In 1846, Oregon City became the first incorporated city in the Oregon Territory. It served as the territorial capital until 1855 and was one of the most important settlements in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-19th century.

2. February 6, 1885 marked the opening of the Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. It was known as the "Queen of the Oregon Coast" and is still in operation today. The lighthouse offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and is visited by thousands of tourists each year.

3. On February 6, 1917, Oswego Iron Works in Oregon was purchased by the United States government to provide steel to aid in the country's efforts during World War I. The business was later renamed to become one of the largest steel plants in the United States.

4. In 1958, a tremendous snowstorm hit the Willamette Valley, causing major disruptions to transportation and electrical power in several cities, including Salem and Eugene. Portland received its second heaviest snowstorm on record with nearly 15 inches of snowfall.

5. On February 6, 1978, Mount Hood, Oregon's tallest mountain and an active volcano, experienced a small eruption. The event produced a small lava flow and an ash plume that rose about 3,000 feet into the air. Fortunately, no one was injured during the eruption.
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