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  Followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh used salmonella to poison salad bars in The Dalles in 1984, leaving 750 people sick. The federal government owns more than 50 percent of the land in Oregon. The world's oldest shoes, 9,000-year-old sandals made of sagebrush and bark, were found at Fort Rock Cave in central Oregon in 1938. In 1917, there were 2,556 school districts in Oregon. In 2007, that number stands at 199.
  Followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh used salmonella to poison salad bars in The Dalles in 1984, leaving 750 people sick. The federal government owns more than 50 percent of the land in Oregon. The world's oldest shoes, 9,000-year-old sandals made of sagebrush and bark, were found at Fort Rock Cave in central Oregon in 1938. In 1917, there were 2,556 school districts in Oregon. By 2007, that number was reduced to 199.
         
  Portland is known as the City of Roses, which is fitting since its International Rose Test Garden boasts over 500 varieties. Oregon is one of only two states to prohibit self-serve gasoline. New Jersey is the other. An extinct cinder cone volcano sits right in the middle of Bend, Oregon. Called Pilot Butte, it rises 511 feet above the surrounding area and makes Bend one of only two U.S. cities with an extinct volcano. U.S. senators from Oregon were chosen by the Legislature instead of direct election before 1906. Jonathan Bourne (above) was elected by the people (men) that year.
  Portland is known as the City of Roses, which is fitting since its International Rose Test Garden boasts over 500 varieties. Oregon is one of only two states to prohibit self-serve gasoline. New Jersey is the other. An extinct cinder cone volcano sits right in the middle of Bend, Oregon. Called Pilot Butte, it rises 511 feet above the surrounding area and makes Bend one of only two U.S. cities with an extinct volcano. Portland is the other! U.S. senators from Oregon were chosen by the Legislature instead of direct election before 1906. Jonathan Bourne (above) was elected by the people (men) that year. Women would have to wait a few years to vote.
         
  A Japanese submarine fired shells on Fort Stevens in 1942 making it the only hostile shelling of a military base on the U.S. mainland during World War II and the first since the War of 1812. A 1903 flash flood devastated Heppner, killing 225 people. A rider on horseback raced ahead of the waters to warn the next town downstream, saving many lives. Oregon approved women's suffrage, the right to vote, in 1912 after Elizabeth Scott Duniway (above right) and others campaigned for decades. The huge Bonneville Slide collapsed into the Columbia River in about 1700 and temporarily blocked it with a 200-foot-high land bridge. Indian legend called it the Bridge of the Gods.
  A Japanese submarine fired shells on Fort Stevens in 1942 making it the only hostile shelling of a military base on the U.S. mainland during World War II, and the first since the War of 1812. A 1903 flash flood devastated Heppner, killing 225 people. A rider on horseback raced ahead of the waters to warn the next town downstream, saving many lives. Oregon approved women's suffrage, the right to vote, in 1912 after Abigail Scott Duniway (above right) and others campaigned for decades. The huge Bonneville Slide collapsed into the Columbia River in about 1700 and temporarily blocked it with a 200-foot-high land bridge. Indian legend called it the Bridge of the Gods.

 

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