National Geographic : 1969 Jan
fast, became more than a farm and sawmill center by turning a setback into an oppor tunity. Back in 1939 little Albany College left town to become Lewis and Clark College in Portland. After much persuasion by local and state interests, the U. S. Bureau of Mines in World War II took over Albany's 42-acre campus for its Metallurgy Research Center. The center specializes in the development of alloys and exotic metals such as zirconium, hafnium, and titanium; the ores come from as far away as Australia. Private industry, quick to see the advantage of being near the research center, now has five big plants in Albany pro ducing special metals for space vehicles and nuclear reactors. The city calls itself the "Ex otic Metals Capital of the World" (page 95). The thought of space vehicles reminded me of a phenomenon reported by a chance ac quaintance in a motel on the coast.