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Happy Birthday, Oregon!

Oregon celebrated its Sesquicentennial (150th birthday) on February 14, 2009.

What was Oregon like in 1859? Here's a list of local events that took place in 1859:

• Oregon was admitted to the Union Feb. 14
• The Dalles was at that time known as Wascopam, soon to be renamed Dalles City.
• The Pack Trail to Canyon City was established.
• Gold was discovered in Eastern Oregon and Idaho and Montana, establishing the first big “gold rush” out of The Dalles – the next 10 years being known as “the Gold period.”
• “The Journal” was the first newspaper published in the city, it was published by Capt. Thomas Jordan of Fort Dalles.
• W.A. Moody built his meeting hall and opra house.
• Col. Nicholas B. Sinnott and Maj. Daniel Handley (a 300 lb. man) acquired the Umatilla House at First and Union. They made it a world famous hotel of 128 rooms, and did more business in a month than all the other hotels combined. The Umatilla House was the place where the stagecoach left for Canyon City, pulling out at 5AM.
• Dalles Fire Department was established.
• The first Courthouse was built (April 8), now known as the Original Wasco County Courthouse. Oliver White helped build it where city hall now stands.
• The city limits extended to 2nd bluff.
• The Congregationalist church was first established by Rev. W.A. Tenny. Rev. Thomas Condon later preached there.
• The lumber for the 1st courthouse was sawed at Jonas Mosier mill at Mosier and floated upriver on a scow.

You will find a lot of interesting activities happening in Wasco County this year. Take a look at our events schedule, and don't forget to mark your calendars for Fort Dalles Days and the Fort Dalles Rodeo in July. We look forward to seeing you!



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