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June 1, 2004

Oregon Health & Science University

Arch Surg. 2004;139(6):584-585. doi:10.1001/archsurg.139.6.584

It was a most peculiar and unworkable site for a railroad switching yard: atop a steep hill overlooking a river, with a picture-perfect volcanic mountain rising starkly on the eastern horizon 50 miles away. But the price was right. The property had been purchased site unseen, for a nominal sum, by the Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company. Over 130 years later, one of the nation's most vibrant, picturesque, and upwardly mobile academic medical centers is the beneficiary of that ill-thought-out purchase.