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5 Fun Facts About June 20 In Oregon History

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1. In 1921, the first-ever Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance was held on June 20. The event showcased antique cars and attracted visitors from across the region.

2. On June 20, 1970, a massive wildfire broke out in the Siuslaw National Forest, destroying nearly 44,000 acres. The fire was caused by lightning strikes and took several weeks to fully contain.

3. In 1907, the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company opened its new railroad line between Portland and Astoria on June 20. The new line was the fastest and most modern in the region at the time.

4. On June 20, 1985, the historic Pittock Mansion in Portland was opened to the public for tours. The mansion was built in 1914 for newspaper magnate Henry Pittock and is now one of the city's top tourist attractions.

5. In 2002, the Oregon State Legislature designated June 20 as "Charter School Day" to honor the contributions of the state's many innovative and successful charter schools. The state's first charter school had opened just a decade earlier in 1992.
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