Oregon Experience

Rumors

Clip | 2m 38s

When the flood washed away Vanport in 1948, the official death toll was 15. Many survivors doubted the low number and rumors quickly spread. Some even questioned the circumstances surrounding the break in the railroad embankment. History and Humanities Professor James Harrison talks about some of the rumors and why they surfaced.

Aired: 11/14/16

Rating: TV-G

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