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The Governor Who Couldn’t Vote: Why History Forgot Oregon’s 1st Female Head Of State

America’s first female governor served in Oregon three years before women in the state gained the right to vote. But history has largely forgotten her. That wasn’t an accident.

The Oregon Town Where Money Grows On Trees And Wood Is As Good As Cash

In 1933, with its only bank closed and the country in the midst of the Great Depression, the Oregon shipbuilding and timber city of North Bend turned to a local resource to keep its economy afloat.

The Unlikely Bond Between An Oregon Town And The Man Who Bombed It

In 1962 the junior chamber of commerce in Brookings invited a Japanese fighter pilot to be an honored guest in the town's Azalea Festival. The pilot had tried to destroy the town 20 years earlier. 

Nov. 17, 1977: Champion Logger Dies

Leonard Wallulis dazzled thousands with his ability to chop wood, split cigarettes and shave facial hair all at the hands of an axe.

Oct. 22, 1834: Abigail Scott Duniway Born

Abigail Scott Duniway is known as the Mother of Oregon Woman’s Suffrage, spending forty years fighting for women’s right to vote.

Oct. 2, 2000: First Genetically Modified Monkey Born

ANDi’s birth paved the way for a new generation of monkeys that are helping us better understand Huntington’s Disease.

Sept. 25, 1903: Artist Mark Rothko Born

Mark Rothko’s family were among the many Jewish immigrants that settled in Oregon. His story is included in Oregon Experience’s "The Jewish Frontier."

Sept. 1916: Jackson Sundown's Historic Ride

At 53 years old, Jackson Sundown was named the World Champion Bronc Rider. The oldest person to ever win a rodeo world championship title. 

Sept. 1, 1887: A Massacre Of Chinese Miners

In 1887, an Oregon jury acquitted three men in the mass murder of Chinese miners on Hells Canyon. Despite a confession, no one was ever held accountable.

About Oregon History

Learn about Oregon's dramatic history, and its colorful figures, through a series of short videos and dynamic photos.