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The small community located in Eastern Oregon, bordering the Snake River, used to have a significant amount of antelope that roamed the area in the 1930s.
The name stems from a tale of a mythical bear from Native American lore that roamed the area, which happens to be very volcanic (NASA even did moonwalk training in Bend in the late 1960s and early 70s). In 1910, a stunted black bear was discovered wandering the area in search of food.
A locomotive is a powered rail vehicle used for pulling trains and it was the lifeblood of the town back in the day.
An aardvark is a native African mammal that has a long snout and eats ants. The exact mascot story is subject to different tales, but one is that it was the underground mascot, preferred over the school's actual mascot at the time, a falcon. Thanks to youth counter culture, the aardvark eventually superseded.
A cheesemaker is a person in a cheese factory who helps turn the curd. Tillamook, Ore., located on the coast west of Portland, is home to world famous Tillamook Cheese. The cheese factory has been part of the town since the early 1900s, located three miles from the high school.