American Disasters - Great Oregon Disasters
Reviewed Resources for Students and Teachers
Great American Disasters State by State
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These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have taken place in every state. There is also controversy over what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind. All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.
So these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters. The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.
For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on this list, but it may be included in a site such as gendisasters.com, which is one of the resources found here.
This is an excellent place to begin your research. The links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information. Good luck in your efforts.
1971 Wreck at Deschutes Junction, Oregon __ "On the evening of July 16, 1971, unknown persons released the brakes of four box cars loaded with moulding in the rail yard in Bend, Oregon. The cars rolled out of the yard onto the mainline,..." - From waymarking.com - http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM17Y9
1972 Portland-Vancouver Tornado __ "The 1972 Portland-Vancouver Tornado was a destructive tornado that struck on April 5, 1972. The tornado carved a nine mile path of destruction across Oregon and Washington. The tornado left 6 people dead, 300 injured and $3-5 million dollars (1972 USD) in damage." An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_Portland-Vancouver_Tornado
Astoria, OR Fire, Dec 1922 __ "The business district of Astoria, the oldest city in Oregon is in ruins, hundreds of persons are homeless and property loss estimated around $15,000,00 has been caused by a fire which earlier today broke out in a restaurant..." Original news articles and links to additional resources. - From gendisasters.com - http://www.gendisasters.com/data1/or/fires/astoria-fire1922.htm
Biscuit Fire __ "The Biscuit Fire was a wildfire that took place in 2002 that burned nearly 500,000 acres (2,000 km˛) in the Siskiyou National Forest in the states of Oregon and California. It was named for Biscuit Creek in southern Oregon." An encyclopedic article with links to related material. - illustrated - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biscuit_Fire
Canemah, OR Steamer Gazelle Explosion, Apr 1854 __ "The Wallamette Fall Co.'s new steamer “Gazelle” left her wharf this morning at 6 ˝ o'clock, and had just landed at Canemah at 15 minutes before seven, when a terrible explosion of her boilers blew her into atoms, killing twenty persons and wounding many others." Original news articles and links to additional resources. - From gendisasters.com - http://www.gendisasters.com/data1/or/ships/canemah-steamergazelle-exp1854.htm