In May 1980, the dormant volcano, Mount Saint Helens, was reported as having seismic activity by geologists. Oregonians were told to evacuate the site of the former volcano, but a few hikers and photographers remained behind. On May 18, 2020, the dormant Mount Saint Helens exploded with the force of five hundred atomic bombs (as powerful as the one that exploded in Hiroshima). Trees were flattened for miles, thousands of animals and 59 humans were killed by the blast which created a crater on top of the mountain.
Edward Dickinson Baker was Abraham Lincoln’s rival in a Congressional race in Illinois that the former president lost. After the race, Edward Dickinson Baker and Abraham Lincoln became friends. After serving in Congress, Baker moves to Oregon and was elected as a U.S. Senator.
During the U.S. Civil War, Baker continues to serve as a Senator and offered to directly help Lincoln with the military command. Baker served at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, in Loundon County, Virginia, and became the only U.S. Senator to die in battle. In addition, Baker was the highest ranking Union Officer to die in the war.
Edward Dickinson Baker is buried at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.
During the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, the State of Oregon held an event in honor of former Senator Baker.