The Untold Story Of This Oregon City That Vanished Overnight

The mighty Columbia River is a powerhouse. In addition to being the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia carries more water than any other river entering the Pacific Ocean. In 1948, the river flooded, causing havoc all along the Columbia River Basin, and completely wiping out Oregon’s second-largest city.

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Learn more about the Vanport Flood and the conditions that caused it in this informative film by NWS Portland, posted on YouTube:

Were you living in Oregon at the time of the Vanport Flood? Tell us about your memories of this tragedy in the comments!

We love to hear the stories of Oregon’s history – both wonderful and tragic. If you’re a history buff, you might like to read about this forgotten gravesite in eastern Oregon, and see these 13 old photos of Oregon’s favorite beach town.


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