Snell, Governor Earl W., Aircraft Crash Site

T40S, R16E, sec25, Fremont-Winema NF, Lakeview Vicinity, Oregon. County/parish: Lake.

NRIS 100003032

Added to the National Register of Historic Places October 18, 2018.

Also known as:

  • Governor Earl W. Snell Aircraft Crash Site

From Wikipedia:

1947 Oregon Beechcraft Bonanza crash

On October 28, 1947, Oregon Governor Earl Snell; second in line of succession Oregon State Senate President Marshall Cornett, and Oregon Secretary of State Robert S. Farrell, Jr. were killed in a crash of a Beechcraft Bonanza in stormy weather southwest of Dog Lake in rural Lake County, Oregon. The trio died along with the aircraft's pilot, who was taking them to an isolated area to hunt Canada geese. The tragedy propelled Oregon Speaker of the House John Hubert Hall to the Governorship of Oregon.

The crash site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 18, 2018.

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  • Beechcraft Aircraft Company

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