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5 Fun Facts About September 1 In Oregon History

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1. Oregon became a state on September 1, 1859. After years of being a territory, Oregon became the 33rd state in the USA on this historic day, joining the nation as a free state just before the outbreak of the Civil War.

2. On September 1, 1910, the largest forest fire in US history began in northeastern Washington and moved into Oregon. Known as the "Big Blowup," the fire covered over 3 million acres and killed at least 85 people, including 78 firefighters.

3. The Columbia River Highway, one of the first scenic highways in the US, opened on September 1, 1913. Stretching over 70 miles, this road connected Portland to the Columbia River Gorge and featured stunning views of waterfalls, cliffs, and river vistas.

4. The Tillamook Burn, a series of devastating forest fires that occurred between 1933 and 1951, started on September 1, 1933. The fires destroyed huge swaths of forestland in western Oregon, but also paved the way for reforestation efforts that revitalized the region's timber industry.

5. The Oregon State Fair, one of the oldest and largest agricultural fairs in the US, typically begins on September 1 each year. First held in 1861, the fair features livestock exhibits, carnival rides, live entertainment, and displays of Oregon's abundant crops and agricultural products.
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