Oregon Timeline History

The construction of dams, like The Dalles Dam, was central to the power supply of the region

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arrow 1543: Spanish explorer Bartolome Ferrello traveled along Oregon and Washington coastlines

arrow 1579: Sir Francis Drake visited Oregon

arrow 1765: First use of name "Ouragon" by Maj. Robert Rogers

arrow 1778: Capt. Cook began fur trade on coast

arrow 1792: Capt. Robert Gray traveled and named Columbia River

arrow 1805: Lewis and Clark Expedition explored Snake and Columbia Rivers; established Fort Clatsop

arrow 1811: John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company established Fort Astoria, first permanent white settlement in Oregon

arrow 1818: U.S. and Great Britain agreed to Joint-Occupancy Treaty

arrow 1819: Treaty with Spain set southern boundary of Oregon

arrow 1827: Second Joint-Occupancy Treaty with Great Britain

arrow 1843: First group of 900 emigrants arrived via Oregon Trail

arrow 1847: Cayuse Indian War; Whitman massacre

arrow 1848: Oregon Territory established

arrow 1859: Oregon became 33rd state

arrow 1861: Flood in Albany, water 36 feet higher than normal

arrow 1869: Union and Central Pacific Railroads connected

arrow 1872: Modoc Indian War

arrow 1873: Great fire in Portland destroyed most of town

arrow 1877: Nez Perce Indian war

arrow 1878: Bannock-Paiute Indian war

arrow 1885: Chief Joseph's Nez Perce tribes relocated to Colville Reservation

arrow 1911: Oregon first U.S. state to hold primary elections

arrow 1933: Tillamook Burn destroyed over 240,000 acres of forest

arrow 1935: Fire destroyed state capitol building

arrow 1936: Fire in Bandon killed eleven and destroyed the town

arrow 1937: Bonneville Dam hydroelectric project on Columbia River completed

arrow 1939: Tillamook Burn destroyed 190,000 acres of forest; rebuild of state capitol completed

arrow 1942: Japanese submarine shells Fort Steves during World War II; Japanese airplane firebombed Siskiyou National Forest

arrow 1945: Tillamook Burn destroyed 180,000 acres of forest

arrow 1947: Plane crash killed Governor Snell, secretary of state, Farrell, and others

arrow 1960: Maurine Neuberger, first woman Oregon senator, elected

arrow 1964: Death penalty abolished

arrow 1966: Astoria Bridge completed linking Oregon and Washington

arrow 1978: Death penalty reinstated

arrow 1984: Voters ratified Oregon lottery

arrow 1991: Barbara Roberts elected, first woman governor

arrow 2002: Record forest fire season burned 1,000,000 acres

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