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5 Fun Facts About May 18 In Oregon History

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1. Mount St. Helens eruption: On May 18, 1980, the eruption of Mount St. Helens occurred in Washington, but it had a significant impact on Oregon as well. The ash cloud reached as far as eastern Oregon, causing widespread damage to crops and shutting down road and air travel.

2. Termination of the Rogue River Indian Reservation: On May 18, 1954, the termination of the Rogue River Indian Reservation was officially declared by the U.S. government. This decision led to the loss of land, resources, and tribal identity for the Rogue River tribes.

3. Oregon becomes a state: Oregon officially became a state on February 14, 1859, but it wasn't until May 18 of that year that the first governor, John Whiteaker, was inaugurated in Salem.

4. The Tillamook Burn: The Tillamook Burn was a series of wildfires that raged through the Oregon coast range in the early 20th century, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of timberland. On May 18, 1933, the largest of these fires was finally contained after burning for nearly two months.

5. Oregon Wine History: In 1979 May 18, Oregon wine was recognized as having great potential when David Lett of the Eyrie Vineyards won a prestigious French wine competition with his Pinot Noir. This put Oregon on the map as a significant wine-growing region and helped to shape the state's thriving wine industry that exists today.
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