The USS Oregon—of her many heroic feats, pulling Kalama out from the Great Depression is a local triumph.
After serving in several major wars, the Oregon came out of retirement when iron was needed for WWII. She was towed to the Port of Kalama in March 1943 to be salvaged.
That launched a flurry of robust economic activity as workers were hired to break down the ship and repurpose its parts.
It was a boon for Kalama, patriotic and profitable—and you’re still going strong!
Happy Centennial, Port of Kalama!