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5 Fun Facts About January 6 In Oregon History

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1. On January 6, 1859, Oregon was officially admitted as the 33rd state in the Union, making it the first state to be admitted west of the Mississippi River.

2. In 1880, construction began on the Oregon State Capitol building in Salem, the state's capital. It took four years to complete and was designed in an ornate Renaissance Revival style.

3. On January 6, 1922, the body of famed Western outlaw and gunslinger, William "Billy the Kid" Bonney, was exhumed from his grave in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. It was discovered that Billy the Kid had been buried under an alias and his real name was William H. McCarty, Jr. He had never been to Oregon, but his legacy of outlaw folklore has spread throughout the Western United States.

4. On this day in 1941, the city of Klamath Falls, Oregon experienced a devastating flood due to melting snow and a heavy rainstorm. The flood destroyed homes, businesses, and bridges and resulted in the death of 17 people.

5. January 6, 2014 marked the opening of the Portland Aerial Tram, a unique public transportation system that connects the waterfront district of Portland to Oregon Health & Science University's Marquam Hill campus. The tram provides panoramic views of the city and has become a popular tourist attraction.
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