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5 Fun Facts About October 8 In Oregon History

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1. On October 8, 1855, the first territorial government for Oregon was established. Joseph Lane was appointed as the territorial governor, and the government started functioning in Corvallis.

2. In 1923, on this day, the notorious bootlegger and moonshiner Roy Olmstead was arrested in Portland. Olmstead had been running illegal liquor operations in the area for years and was eventually caught by federal agents.

3. The city of Eugene, Oregon, was incorporated on October 8, 1862. Named after Eugene Skinner, one of its founders, Eugene has since become a bustling college town and economic hub in the state.

4. On October 8, 1895, the Portland-based journal "The Pacific Monthly" published a short story by a young writer named Jack London, titled "An Odyssey of the North." This marked one of London's first published works, and the beginning of a prolific career as a writer.

5. October 8, 1986, saw the opening of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) at its current location in Portland's Eastside. Since then, OMSI has become one of the most popular science museums in the Pacific Northwest, attracting thousands of visitors every year with its hands-on exhibits and interactive displays.
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