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5 Fun Facts About July 14 In Oregon History

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1. On July 14, 1851, the first issue of the "Oregon Statesman" was published in Salem, Oregon. This newspaper was instrumental in shaping public opinion during Oregon's territorial days.

2. In 1885, the first train arrived in the town of Hood River, Oregon on July 14th. This marked a significant milestone in the development of the town and the surrounding region.

3. On July 14, 1914, the Roosevelt elk was named the official state animal of Oregon. This majestic animal is one of the largest subspecies of elk in North America and can be found throughout the state.

4. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the most popular theatrical events in the country, was founded on July 14, 1935 in Ashland, Oregon. Over the years, the festival has grown into a major tourist attraction and cultural institution.

5. On July 14, 1966, the Tillamook Burn, one of the largest wildfires in Oregon's history, was finally declared contained after burning over 350,000 acres of land. This devastating event led to the development of new firefighting techniques and policies to prevent future wildfires.
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