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Many of the ideas in Frank Herbert's Dune series came to him during a trip to Florence to write a magazine article about a US Department of Agriculture project there.
Florence is also known as the site of the exploding whale, an incident when the Oregon State Highway Division tried to remove a beached whale by dynamite - with unintended results.
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Florence has lots of sand called sand dunes.
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Mo's - Fish & Clamchowder restaurant in Florence's old town. Great view of the Silitz river and one of the best clam chowders to be found on the Oregon coast. This local chain of restaurant's was started in Newport, Oregon.
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