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5 Fun Facts About July 23 In Oregon History

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1. The Oregon State Capitol was dedicated on July 23, 1938. The building was designed in the Art Deco style and features a 166-foot tower with a bronze sculpture of a pioneer on top. The building continues to serve as the seat of Oregon's government to this day.

2. On July 23, 1984, Oregon became the first state to pass a law allowing for physician-assisted suicide. The law, known as the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, allows terminally ill patients to request and receive medication that will end their lives.

3. The popular Oregon Brewers Festival often starts on July 23. The festival, which has been running since 1988, features over 80 craft breweries from around the state and draws thousands of beer enthusiasts each year.

4. On July 23, 1890, the city of Eugene was officially incorporated. Today, Eugene is home to the University of Oregon and is known for its outdoor recreation opportunities and eco-friendliness.

5. In 1983, the Mount Hood Freeway project was officially abandoned on July 23 due to widespread opposition from the public. The proposed freeway would have run through several Portland neighborhoods and sparked a movement to prioritize transit and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure in the city instead.
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