Fifty years ago on October 12, 1962 a major storm struck Portland, remembered by those who experienced it as “the Columbus Day storm.” The roof of St. Joseph Hall, a two-story wooden structure to the west of Howard Hall then serving as a residence for several Holy Cross religious, was ripped away by the wind and many of the native Douglas firs on the campus were uprooted. Power was lost to much of the city including the campus. The food service at the Commons improvised with hamburgers cooked over charcoal on the grills that originally lined the west entrance to the building.
The University Museum has created a display to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Columbus Day Storm. The display is located in the display case near the computer stations in the Pilot House and will be in place until the end of October. Contact Carolyn Connolly, Museum Coordinator, at 8038 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.