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Oregon celebrates 158th birthday

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February 14 may be Valentine's Day but it's also Oregon's birthday.

Oregon became the 33rd state in the U.S. on Feb. 14, 1859.

The Oregon Historical Society hosted a party in Portland to celebrate Oregon's 158th birthday.

Historical state photos and artifacts were on display, with plenty of history as well.

"Portland got its name famously in a coin flip between early settlers. They couldn't decide what to name the new city so they flipped a coin. If it had gone the other way it could have been the Boston Trail Blazers, the Boston Rose Festival," said Kerry Tymchuck, Executive Director with Oregon Historical Society.

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