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During the early 1940s, Vanport, Oregon was the second largest city in the state. But on a Sunday afternoon in May 1948, it disappeared completely - destroyed by a catastrophic flood.

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Oregon Experience, enters its 11th season this fall.

The series continues to bring to life stories that help us understand this place where we live and those that have played key roles in its history and legacy.

Premiering Season 11 is Oregon Experience's story of Vanport City, the largest public housing project in the country during World War II.  With a population of more than 40,000 people during its heyday, it was Oregon’s second largest city.   But on May 30, 1948 a flood swept it away completely.

Oregon Experience will explore Vanport’s history, the city’s transformation and dramatic ending.  Discover how its legacy still reverberates today.

 

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Funding Provided By: Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, Clark Foundation

OREGON EXPERIENCE is a co-production of Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Oregon Historical Society.