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5 Fun Facts About March 21 In Oregon History

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1. In 1933, the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem was destroyed by fire. The blaze, which began in the prison's paint shop, caused extensive damage to a number of other buildings on the prison grounds as well. Thankfully, no one was injured in the fire.

2. On March 21, 1945, Eugene celebrated the grand opening of the city's new municipal airport. The airport, which had been in the works for several years, was designed to serve as a hub for air travel throughout the Pacific Northwest.

3. In 1984, the Oregon State Legislature passed a law designating the Oregon Grape as the state's official flower. The Oregon Grape is a hardy, drought-resistant plant that grows throughout the state's forests and woodlands.

4. On March 21, 1999, a group of hikers stumbled upon the remains of an ancient mammoth in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The mammoth, which was estimated to have lived more than 15,000 years ago, was one of the oldest specimens ever found in North America.

5. In 2019, the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 148-144 in a thrilling double-overtime game at the Moda Center in Portland. The victory helped the Blazers secure their spot in the NBA playoffs later that year.
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