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5 Fun Facts About July 16 In Oregon History

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1. In 1953, the first heat wave in Oregon's history was recorded, with temperatures reaching up to 114°F in several regions of the state. The record-breaking heatwave lasted for several days and had a significant impact on the state's agricultural industry.

2. On July 16, 1937, the construction of the Timberline Lodge was completed on the slopes of Mount Hood. The Timberline Lodge is a historic hotel and ski resort and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

3. In 1982, an Oregonian named Alton Howard became the first African American to be elected to the United States Congress from Oregon. Howard was a member of the Democratic Party and served in Congress from 1983 to 1995.

4. On July 16, 1926, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival was founded in Ashland, Oregon. The festival is an annual event that celebrates the works of William Shakespeare and other playwrights and has become one of the largest theater events in the country.

5. In 1893, the Oregon State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital located in Salem, Oregon, opened its doors for the first time. The hospital is the oldest and largest psychiatric hospital in the state and has played a significant role in the treatment of mental illness in Oregon throughout its history.
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