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5 Fun Facts About May 14 In Oregon History

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1. The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean on May 14, 1805, marking the first time Europeans had traveled overland to the West Coast.

2. The Oregon Spectator, the first newspaper published in Oregon Country, released its inaugural issue on May 14, 1846.

3. On May 14, 1858, the Territory of Oregon established the town of Baker City, which would go on to become an important hub for mining and transportation in the region.

4. Oregon became the first state to establish a minimum wage law on May 14, 1913, setting the rate at $0.15 per hour.

5. May 14, 1959 saw the dedication of the Oregon State Capitol building in Salem following its complete renovation and restoration, which included the addition of the distinctive gold-plated dome.
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