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Chemical depot memorabilia heads to museum

PENDLETON (AP) — Memorabilia from the Umatilla Chemical Depot is headed to the Heritage Station Museum in Pendleton.

Susan Doyle of the Umatilla County Historical Society tells the East Oregonian newspaper that boxes of documents, flags, photos and other memorabilia will be stored and archived at the museum. Exhibit space is tight, so displays will be limited.

Eventually, the items will be available for online searches. People from across the country will be able to find information from the depot’s history, including the now-declassified investigation of a 1944 explosion that killed six people.

Those were the only fatalities in the history of the depot that opened at the beginning of World War II and at one time stored 12 percent of the nation’s stockpile of chemical weapons.

Information from: East Oregonian,


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