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5 Fun Facts About July 26 In Oregon History

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1. In 1946, the Tillamook Burn, a massive wildfire, was finally declared under control on July 26th. The fire, which had been burning for over a month, had destroyed over 300,000 acres of forests and caused extensive damage to nearby communities.

2. On July 26th, 1893, the Oregon Electric Railway began service in Salem, providing transportation for goods and people between Portland and the state capital. The railway was instrumental in the development of the Willamette Valley economy, and saw its peak in the 1920s before gradually declining in the following decades.

3. In 2010, the Dalles Dam on the Columbia River celebrated its 60th anniversary on July 26th. The dam, which was built between 1952 and 1957, generates hydroelectric power and is also used for flood control, navigation, and irrigation.

4. July 26th, 1910 marked the death of Abigail Scott Duniway, a suffragist and women's rights activist who had spent over 40 years campaigning for women's right to vote. Duniway played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement in Oregon, and her efforts eventually led to the passage of the state's landmark suffrage bill in 1912.

5. On July 26th, 2007, the Oregon Zoo unveiled its new Asian elephant exhibit, Elephant Lands, which is still one of the most popular attractions at the zoo today. The exhibit features expansive habitats for the elephants, including a 6-acre savannah and a 160,000-gallon swimming pool.
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