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5 Fun Facts About July 22 In Oregon History

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1. In 1889, Salem celebrated its first fully electrified streetcar system. The system used a power plant and transmission line that extended nearly 15 miles to Silver Creek Falls.

2. In 1911, Oregon's first state park, Silver Falls State Park, was established. The park features over 35 miles of hiking and biking trails and ten major waterfalls.

3. In 1931, the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River began generating electricity. The dam is still in use today and is one of 13 hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River.

4. In 1992, Oregon became the first state to enact a statewide bottle bill requiring a deposit on beverage containers. The bill has helped reduce litter and increase recycling rates in the state.

5. In 2017, the solar eclipse passed through Oregon and was visible across the state. Millions of people traveled to Oregon to witness the phenomenon, making it the largest event in Oregon's history.
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