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5 Fun Facts About June 26 In Oregon History

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1. In 1880, Theodore Roosevelt married Alice Hathaway Lee in Brookline, Massachusetts. However, the couple visited Oregon in 1903 while Roosevelt was president.

2. The famous Oregon Caves, located in Josephine County, were designated as a National Monument on June 26, 1909. These caves are known for their unique geology and the various species of bats that inhabit them.

3. On June 26, 1914, the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland was officially incorporated as a city. While St. Johns is now a part of Portland, it has a unique history and culture that sets it apart from other neighborhoods.

4. The Columbia River Highway, a scenic route connecting Portland to the Columbia River Gorge, was officially opened on June 26, 1916. This highway provided a more direct route to the Gorge than the previous winding roads, and it has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

5. In 1974, the Siskiyou Mountains in southern Oregon were designated as a wilderness area. This protected area covers over 180,000 acres and is home to a variety of wildlife, including black bears, cougars, and elk. The Siskiyou Mountains also contain a rich array of plant life, with over 1,580 species identified in the area.
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