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By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle contributor 

Offbeat Oregon History - How a humble banana peel changed the course of Oregon history


July 25, 2019

Photo provided/Oregon Historical Society

A poster for Oswald West's 1910 gubernatorial campaign. His slogan, "The Man Who Delivers the Goods," reinforces the reputation he'd forged as an energetic man who gets things done, during the investigation of the school-land fraud and profiteering railroads.

On your next visit to the beach, you might want to bring along a banana. One of these humble fruits played a small but important part in the historical chain of events that led to the state's beaches becoming a birthright for all Oregonians.

More specifically, it was the banana peel - an item that has played an important role in hundreds of slapstick routines over the years. But rather than setting up a pratfall for a cheap laugh, this particular peel set up one of the most important governorships in state history - and set one of the most important of Oregon's U.S. Senators on the path to...

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