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Florence, Oregon
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    (1893- )
    2010 Population: 8,466
    Located in Lane County, Oregon
    Located on the mouth of the Siuslaw River
    It is debatable whether the city was named after a state senator or a French vessel that crashed into the mouth of the Siuslaw River.
    It frequently rains here in the winter time.
    It is prone to having a high property crime rate.
    It gained national attention when engineer George Thornton blew up a whale corpse, raining pieces of blubber all over the beach, including one chunk that smashed a car (November 12, 1970).
    It is home to the Sea Lion Caves, the largest sea cave in the United States.
    The Edwin E. Benedict House inspired a house in Ken Kesey's novel, 'Sometimes a Great Notion.'
    It is only a short drive from the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
    It has its traditional Rhododenron festival every May since the early 20th Century.
    It is the location of the world's first sandboarding park.
    It is among the top places in Oregon to retire.

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