Oregon Capitol's Birthday

By Jim McCoy Mon 23rd September NewsOregon capitol celebration
There will be birthday candles for Oregon's state Capitol as a weeklong celebration of its 75th birthday begins on Saturday - but no flames. Twice before in Oregon's history, Capitol buildings have burned down. The current Capitol was dedicated Oct. 1, 1938. It replaced one that burned in 1935. That building replaced one that burned in 1855. The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/18lrLWl) that the celebration on Saturday will include large candles with light bulbs placed around the bronze Oregon Pioneer statue atop the Capitol's dome. The lights will be up through the week, and there will be exhibits and activities to mark the birthday. For those who attend the Oct. 1 birthday ceremony on Tuesday afternoon there will be free cake and cupcakes for the first 600 guests.

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