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5 Fun Facts About May 10 In Oregon History

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1. In 1865, the first regular steamship service between Portland and San Francisco was established with the arrival of the SS Ajax in Portland. This development revolutionized transportation and commerce in Oregon, as goods could now be easily shipped up and down the coast.

2. In 1872, the first state fair was held in Salem, marking the beginning of a long-standing tradition in Oregon. The fair has since grown into a major annual event, attracting thousands of visitors from around the state and beyond.

3. In 1905, the Lewis and Clark Exposition opened in Portland, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the famous explorers' journey to the Pacific Northwest. The exposition brought in over 1.5 million visitors from around the world and left a lasting impact on the city's economy and culture.

4. In 1933, the construction of the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River was completed. The dam provided cheap electricity to the region and established the Pacific Northwest as a major hub for aluminum production.

5. In 1997, the Oregon State Legislature approved the construction of a new football stadium at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The stadium, named Reser Stadium after a major donor, has since become a beloved gathering place for Beavers fans and a symbol of the school's athletic pride.
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