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15 Interesting And Awesome Facts About Boardman, Oregon, United States

Boardman is a city in Morrow County, Oregon, United States on the Columbia River and Interstate 84. Take a look below for 15 interesting and awesome facts about Boardman, Oregon, United States.

1. As of the 2010 census the population was 3,220.

2. It is currently the largest town in Morrow County, Oregon

3. Boardman was homesteaded in 1903 by Samuel H. Boardman, the first superintendent of the Oregon State Parks System.

4. Boardman and his wife worked for 13 years to develop irrigation for their land; during those years his wife taught school, and Boardman at times worked on railroad construction projects.

5. The Union Pacific Railroad passed through Boardman, where it had a station.

6. The community was platted in 1916 at about the same time Samuel Boardman went to work for the Oregon State Highway Department and became involved in the development of roadside parks.

7. The Boardman post office opened in 1916.

8. The city was incorporated in 1921.

9. During construction of the John Day Dam on the Columbia River in the 1960s, the city had to be moved south, further from the water. Lake Umatilla, behind the dam, covered much of the original city.

10. South of Boardman, the U.S. Army Air Force established a training range in 1941.

11. The Air Force transferred ownership of the range in 1960 to the U.S. Navy and it is now known as the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility Boardman. The range is largely used by NAS Whidbey Island and the Oregon National Guard.

12. Ambre Energy, a company based in Australia, has proposed using the Port of Morrow as a transfer point for shipping U.S. coal to Asia. Ambre wants to export up to 8.8 million short tons (8,000,000 t) of coal per year from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.

13. It would ship the coal by train to Boardman, where it would be loaded on barges and hauled down the Columbia River to the Port of St. Helens. There it would be transferred to ocean-going ships headed for China, South Korea, Japan, and other Asian countries.

14. The Ambre plan has generated controversy among proponents touting economic benefits and opponents fearing environmental damage. After the public-comment period ends on August 12, 2013, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will decide whether to grant Ambre’s request for permits to proceed.

15. To export coal across Oregon in the way Ambre proposes, the company will also need approval from the Oregon Department of State Lands and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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