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5 Fun Facts About July 31 In Oregon History

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1. In 1933, the Timberline Lodge, a historic mountain resort located at the base of Mount Hood, was officially opened to the public. It was built as a part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression and is now a popular destination for skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

2. On July 31, 1941, the Tillamook Burn, a massive forest fire, was finally brought under control. The fire had burned over 350,000 acres of forestland in northwest Oregon over the course of five years, and its aftermath helped to shape modern forest management practices.

3. In 1981, Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh signed a bill creating the Oregon Wine Advisory Board, which helped to promote and elevate the state's burgeoning wine industry. Today, Oregon is known for producing some of the finest Pinot Noir wines in the world.

4. On July 31, 2013, the city of Portland hosted the Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star Game, which featured some of the best soccer players from around the world. The game was held at Jeld-Wen Field, which has since been renamed Providence Park.

5. In 2009, the Oregon State Legislature designated July 31 as Oregon Craft Beer Day, recognizing the state's rich history and culture of craft brewing. Today, there are over 300 craft breweries operating in Oregon, making it one of the top beer-producing states in the country.
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